Video interview

At the Academy Art Museum: John Ruppert on Being Grounded by John Ruppert

Published on Oct 13, 2015

There was little question that the Academy Art Museum's curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, was eager to challenge the Mid-Shore art community with concurrent exhibitions this Fall of abstractionist Ken Schiano and John Rupport's raw sculptures and photography. While different in approach, material, and vision, both men demand that their audiences look at art in radical new ways.  

The Spy sat down with Ken last month to talk about his work, and more recently caught up with John at the recent opening of his exhibition, entitled "Grounded."

Ruppert’s recent work includes shapes he formed from chain-link fabric and cast metals that blurs traditional lines between natural and man-made materials. His cast pumpkins can be seen in the Museum’s front yard as well as his large scale composite photographs as part of that point of view.

John Ruppert Interview by Parul : Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi by John Ruppert

4 Day International Art Conclave, Chandigarh, India.

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi organised a 4 day International Art Conclave from 10th to 13 February 2015 in which 9 artists from Finland, Germany, Sweden, UK and USA gave audio visual presentations about their art work at the Auditorium of Government Museum & Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

The Participating artists are: John Ruppert from USA, Anne Bean from UK, Peter Fink from UK, Ali Najjar from Sweden, Ger Alois-Zwing from Germany, Avtarjeet Dhanjal from UK, Sanna Karlsson-Sutisna from Finland, Richard Cox from UK and Richard Deacon from UK.

It is all too well-known that the multi-cultural ethos of the Indian sub-continent has helped nourish the various nuances of its arts - be it languages, poetry, music, dance, theater and the visual arts apart from architecture, the cousins, attire, the political and geographical landscape. The centuries long coexistence of these varied ethnic groups has helped create a genre of its own and enriched the art-scape with a unique fusion of ideas and existential realities. This sensitivity to diversity that is intrinsic to our cultural realities in some way made this the perfect venue for an engagement such as the International Art Conclave.