My art explores the intersections between perceptual phenomena and autobiographical memory through visual oscillations and pattern structures. Currently, my work is informed by the hyper-kinetic shifts of the Op Art movement and viscous psychedelic imagery that permeated the visual landscape of my childhood in the sixties and seventies.
Parabolic spiral dot patterns are meticulously painted on an amorphous color field where vivid hues with intricate concentric elements dominate the compositions. I also make use of items such as frisket film, commercial stencils, and flat washers to create a variety of masking effects. This added layer generates a perceptual dissonance brought on by a narrow depth of field and shapes that seemingly float on the surface, when in actuality, they are brought about by unpainted portions of the background paper.
I am interested in making a body of work that appears cool and detached, but upon closer inspection is revealed to be imperfect, vulnerable, and wholly human.
about the artist
David Rufo was born and raised in upstate New York. He graduated from Syracuse University, where he holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum with a specialization in Art Education. He is currently the Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University and continues to maintain studios in Syracuse and Amagansett, NY.
Rufo’s work has appeared in group shows at the Pamela Willliams Gallery, Amagansett, NY; Geras Tousignant Gallery, Palm Springs, CA; Soho House, New York, NY; Studio 10 Gallery, NOMENColorATURE, Brooklyn, NY; Smith Hall Gallery, Syracuse University, NY; and Cazenovia Art Gallery, New York, NY, among other galleries. His solo exhibitions include shows at Solomon Art Gallery, New York, NY; Robert J. Spring Gallery, New York, NY; 12 Rooms Gallery, Syracuse, NY; and Alldays Gallery, Bennington, VT. His work is included in several collections, in the U.S. and abroad.