Artist Spotlight

Keith Pickett

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Native Texan. Self-taught Artist. 4th Generation Organic Gardener. Foodie. Photographer. Outdoorsman.

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Bruce Rusiecki

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Bruce Rusiecki (1964, New York) makes paintings and drawings. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, Rusiecki often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.


 

His paintings are characterised by the use of everyday people in an atmosphere of middle class mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, space that is economically uninteresting. As momentary forms become frozen through diligent and repetitive practice,  the viewer is left with an insight into the edges of our condition.


 

His works are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. Bruce Rusiecki currently lives and works in Austin, TX.

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Chris Beckendorf is a third generation Texas artist. His Father Ben Beckendorf and Grandfather Charles Beckendorf were instrumental in bringing art to Fredericksburg over 50 years ago. Chris just recently fell in love with art again after a 25 year break. He planned on following in his Father and Grandfather’s footsteps when he was young, but after having a disappointing experience with art school Chris gave up on art. He didn’t touch a pencil or brush for 25 years. That all changed when Chris was “forced” into a trip to Hobby Lobby with his girlfriend, Stephanie. On a whim, Chris bought some acrylic paints and just like that the appreciation of art and creating was reinvigorated like it never left. Chris has produced over 30 pieces since mid-2020 and plans on continuing to create more and hone his craft.

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