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When You Put Energy into a System

Rock Creek Helzer Gallery


Michael Rutledge, Stool Shrine 2, Mixed media, 20 x 19 x 19 inches, 2019

  • Artists
    • Lilia Hernandez Galusha
    • Brittany Rudolf
    • Michael Rutledge
  • Dates
    • June 4-July 1, 2019
  • Gallery reception and art hour with Amy Bay
    • June 6, 1pm
  • Gallery hours
    • Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
    • Saturdays 9:30am-4:30pm (free parking!)

The works in this exhibition circle around ideas about possible futures: scenarios in which characters are making objects out of the materials at hand for plain old living or for mystical, powerful purposes.

The artists are interested in the way things could be, and the blend of loathing and joy that can result from that investigation. Potential!

The exhibition features found cheap stuff, found beautiful stuff, and reverently handcrafted functional stuff. Ultimately, the exhibition is raising questions of how we want to live, the goofiness in the objects we use, and the ways in which our energy is transformed when we apply it.

Will Moss, Curator

Rudolf, Hook, Line, and Sink Her, Mixed Media, 2018

Fishing hooks in bottles in a row

Galusha, Illuminator Communicator, Mixed Media, 2019 AND Rutledge, Stool Shrine 2, Plywood, 2017

Box and pile of yarn

Rudolf, Galusha, and Rutledge, Synchronous Rotation (detail), Mixed Media, plastic bags, moss, and dirt, 2019 Background: Rudolf, Burn Me Upside Down, Mixed Media, 2018


Rutledge, Stool Shrine 1 (detail), MDF, Laminated, 2016

Decorative rock under black light