His artworks range from a painting of a barred owl emerging from shadow (far more haunting than your standard bird picture), to hand-cast and painted rubber cockroaches crawling over a wall, to objects with charred edges or cremated remains (a la Gordon Matta Clark). Ruben Nusz is also an art critic and the co-publisher of Location Books. He will happily discuss art history and critical theory anywhere, anytime. Nusz may be the most cerebral, creatively peripatetic artist around, which his new show at Thomas Barry Fine Arts once again confirms. The "Sticks" in this show are paintings with trompe l'oeil frames and hard acrylic lines in geometric exploration. The "Stones" are blown-glass-like distortions of layered dripping paint on crumpled canvas paper. The pieces, he says, "represent the culmination of a personal algorithm, steeped in intuition and the limitations and possibilities of applying self-constricting variables to the working process." Right: What he said. The opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 9.
Dec. 9-Feb. 9, 2011