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Nicholas Ruth explores human world with his exhibit Here and Now

‘Here and Now’ art exhibit: The Work of Nicholas Ruth
When: Nov. 5 to Dec. 10
Where: Bob Owens Art Gallery, Hoag Student Center, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega
Cost: Free
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Nicholas Ruth observes the anxious and funny ways in which humans litter their lives with the artifacts of desires.

Buildings are covered with satellite dishes, which extends homeowners reach outside the house while it withdraws them into the interior. Pipes, holes and structures coat a radiant landscape, because they are considered a necessity.

Ruth has painted pictures to explore these thoughts. The landscape is a little bleak. Color expresses the tensions, exuberant and moody.

“We work away at keeping things running, tinkering with and adjusting our antennae,” he said. “Our technology is both a prosthetic and an armor, and maybe even a weapon, but fundamentally it is something we put between ourselves and the world, in order to mediate it.  This is a strange time, dark and contingent.”

He will discuss his pieces during the opening reception of his exhibit “Here and Now” tonight. The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the Hoag Auditorium on the University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus. A reception will follow in the Bob Owens Art Gallery.

Ruth was awarded the solo exhibit at UNG during the Southern Printmaking Biennale VI in 2014, by juror Ericka Walker.

Born in Philadelphia, Ruth is a professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he has been teaching since 1995. He has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Ruth also has received recognition for his work from the Saltonstall Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Ruth attended Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., where he received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. He completed a masters at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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