GALLERY 621 of Benicia California, presents the solo exhibition: “Jack Ruszel – Sculpture”
Ruszel’s figurative works in wood range from alluring to the ironic. Expressing respect towards the living material…and an irreverence of humankind’s unsustainable gluttony, he plays with light and shadow to make a statement, ask a question, or simply delight in the joy of form. Humorous, graceful, and sensual, his works are carved from wood, and yet, feel as if they were always there.
Jack uses figure as metaphor to explore concepts ranging from feminine strength and grace in the face of adversity, to war, greed, and other social blunderings. On one hand, delighting the viewer with the fall of light and shadow over a gracefully flowing figure, on the other, requesting the viewer to question our ironic human need to destroy the very things we revere.
Jack began his career at the age of 16, when he started Ruszel Woodworks, which he still runs in the Benicia Industrial Park. It wasn’t until he was 40 that he turned his tools to carving works of art.
Show Dates: March 1, 2012 – April 1, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 5-8pm
Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Art writers: showings by appointment
621 1st Street, Benicia, CA
Visit www.Gallery621.com for directions and further information