Francis Ruyter

I missed the show of Francis Ruyter's paintings at Eleven Rivington (exhibiting under his former name of Lisa) but I like these images based on Depression-era photos of scrap metal:


Francis Ruyter, John Collier: Fort Kent, Maine (vicinity). Salvage drive for scrap metal at 4:30 p.m, acrylic on canvas, 2014.



Francis Ruyter, Anne Rosener: Salvage. Scrap for steel mills. Outworn metal articles of every kind lie in a neighborhood junkyard pending segregation and shipment to a steel mill where this valuable scrap will be processed into war materials, acrylic on canvas, 2014.


The delicacy of the line and the artist's mid-range pallette functions well with the visual chaos of the discarded metal shapes, suggesting a calm order behind the jumble. A believer in predestination might say that this order existed all along, and history was "fixed" to bring all these parts to this particular state, before transitioning to the next state (possibly a battleship, since at least a couple of these were for WWII scrap drives).

Here is an uncropped example of one of these acrylic-on-canvas paintings, titled Martha McMillan Roberts. Conservation. Scrap and iron steel. Auto 'graveyard' of usable parts. Non-ferrous metals are burned out and the steel chassis and dealers. Such yards are these supply tons of scrap iron, steel, and rubber yearly, which in [sic], 2014:


Flash Art discussed the top image (the jpeg here is slightly reduced in scale).
The bottom two images (also slightly reduced) and captions came from an Artnet article on the show.