Joe Rudko: Untitled Colors

Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit A7 Santa Monica, CA 90404
Oct 30, 2 PM - 7 PM — ends Dec 18, 2021
Von Lintel Gallery is excited to announce Untitled Colors, it’s second solo exhibition of Seattle based artist Joe Rudko.

Untitled Colors is based on 10 large single-color photographic works. Rudko collected thousands of personal snapshots from friends, family, and anonymous internet vendors before deconstructing and intricately arranging them into large vibrant color fields. These photomontages of vernacular analog photographs, evoke intimate memories and strong personal associations. Each work brings together diverse imagery from over a century of the printed image, while using color as the unifying principle. Although inherently photographic, they also become abstractions, with sharp details that root them in the world of representation, tying them to a specific time and place. Arranged within a structural grid, they are influenced by both Mesopotamian mosaics and the digital pixel. Rudko’s physical act of merging photographic materials, consisting of different surface qualities and tonalities, is a meditation on the interconnectedness of memory and the collective desire to document and share experiences. Taking in these thousands of spliced images is an all-encompassing experience for the viewer, offering an abundance of information that teases an expansiveness beyond each frame.


Joe Rudko lives and works in Seattle. He received his BFA in Photography and Drawing from the Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in 2013. His work is in the permanent collection of the Getty Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Portland Art Museum among others.

For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at gallery@vonlintel.com