Painter Ethan Rucker to open show in Farmer Family Gallery at Ohio State Lima
Painter Ethan Rucker will be at the Farmer Family Gallery at the Ohio State University at Lima to open his show Stumblebum from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Reed Hall. The opening is free and open to the public.
Much of Rucker’s work in Stumblebum revolves around the dialogues of fear, anxiety, and the interaction between his rural upbringing and his introduction to gallery culture. Stumblebum includes paintings using the visual appeal of the cartoon in a limited color palette. He challenges viewers to look at their own take on visual culture and discover where their own visual sentimentality comes from.
“These comedic forms are primarily influenced by the imagery that I encountered while growing up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Faded Sunday comics, wood graining, hillbilly aesthetics, and discontinued cartoons all comprise the vocabulary in which I draw from,” Rucker said. “I want to take these objects and figures that have been passed over or neglected and lift them to a status of prominence through the language of painting.”
Rucker’s work will be on display at the Farmer Family Gallery through July 25, 2019. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The gallery will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day and July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The show is free and open to the public.
Rucker was born and raised in southeastern Tennessee, at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He grew up in a working-class family and was constantly exposed and drawn to cheap, cartoon imagery that was readily available to him. He learned to draw and paint at a young age, mostly copying these cartoons or painting landscapes in oil. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015. He recently completed his Master of Fine Arts at The Ohio State University. He lives and works in Columbus.
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