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Landa Ruen Exhibit/ Presentation

When Aug 13, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Come to Decorah Public Library at 7 p.m. Monday August 13 for a presentation by artist and Decorah native Landa Ruen. Ruen will be speaking about her recent experiences as an artist in residence at Palazzo Rinaldi in Noepoli, Italy, where she studied “sfumato,” a centuries-old oil painting technique. Ruen’s talk will be accompanied by an exhibit of her latest work.


Ruen explains, “The fundamental goal of my latest artistic endeavor is to recreate sfumato, an oil painting technique that, since the Renaissance, has fallen into disuse.  Learning how such a technique was mastered and the skills that are necessary to create the smoky, delicate illusion charateristic of sfumato will be key to the success of the project. With this in mind, the project will be focused on implementing prior research through practice and analysis. The final outcome will be colorful contemporary oil paintings with the richness, depth and smoky subtleties of the iconic paintings from the Renaissance.


“The most important part of what I do as an artist,” Ruen says, “is how I approach the process, carefully examining the basic properties of line, color and balance, giving attention to how each component contributes to the resulting whole. My paintings are both non-objective and abstract, with additional emphasis on line and color. I feel that these seemingly simple properties can form the most beautiful expressions. My art is an internal necessity– it allows me to evoke passionate thoughts and emotions from my unconscious and transfer them to others. During this transfer I try to achieve genuine expression and maintain the purity of this process.”


Ruen received a Bachelor of Special Studies from Cornell College in 2008 and has exhibited her work at the Corning Center for Fine Arts (Corning, IA), American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis, MN), Peter Paul Luce Gallery (Corning, IA), and Pantocrator Gallery Shanghai (Shanghai, China), among other places. She has completed residencies in Italy, China, and Minnesota, and will be an artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Koka City, Japan, September-November 2012.


For more information about Ruen’s work, visit  Call 563-382-3717 with questions about the August 13 exhibit and program.