A consummate traveler, Carl David Ruttan makes collages with graphic ephemera he finds along the way: Chinese cigarette cartons, Indian candy wrappers, torn bits of music posters from the street. Working in a rented room in Berlin, a youth hostel in Switzerland, on the beach in India, or his apartment in Montreal, Ruttan spreads out the fragments and brings the bits and pieces together in composition. When done, he slides the small 3.75” x 2.75” collages into a plastic sleeve. At Atelier Circulaire in Montreal, Ruttan scans them at extremely high resolution, and produces one unique print to accompany the original collage as the final, archivally stable work of art. The final photographic quality print creates a convincing tactile optic which the eye perceives as an original collage.
Multi-layered, texture-rich colour compositions are composed from the colours and images that printed media lay before the artist as he navigates the sea of symbols around him. They are both the vehicle for self-expression, and limiting agent, determining the palette and tiny details of paper quality that will define the final work.
About “Big Winner”
“Big Winner” is a collection of ten small prints that showcases Ruttan’s approach to collage and printmaking. The edition is limited to fifty.
About Carl David Ruttan
Carl David Ruttan was born in 1976 in Oshawa, Ontario. He studied fine art at the University of Ottawa, completing his Bachelors of Fine Art in 2000. He has traveled extensively in Asia, North America, Europe and on numerous islands of the Caribean and South Pacific. Carl Settled in Montreal in 2001 after his first trip to Asia. Ruttan is an active member of both the printmaking workshop Atelier Circulaire and Montreal artist-run centre articule.
Publisher: Maison Kasini Canada | 2011
Size: each print is 10″x8″
Presentation: 10 individual prints with cover sheet signed and numbered by the artist in a 10.5″x8.5″ folder in a plastic sleeve
full colour images
Publication ©2011 Maison Kasini Canada
Images ©2011 Carl David Ruttan