Artist Alex Rudin Brings Her Work Home

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“Art is the great communicator and it is my firm belief that artists are a gateway to a deeper truth about the human condition.” – Alex Rudin

 

Whether you’re a passionate art fan or just someone who can appreciate a pretty picture, Alex Rudin’s work is sure to leave an impression.  Her creativity, self-expression, depth, and skill would be impressive for someone with decades of industry experience but, for a 22 year old, it’s just astounding.

Later this month, Alex, currently a resident of NYC, will bring her work to Delaware for her first solo show in her hometown of Wilmington. Below, Alex and Lauren chat about Alex’s relationship with art, her creative process, and much more.

 

Tell us about your relationship with art: when did it start? when did you fall in love with it?

Art to me is not just a hobby or profession, it’s a mentality. Art informs all aspects of my life. Going to college at Parsons taught me how to think like an artist: to value concept as an equal to aesthetics and content. My real love came when I began to understand the transcendental magic of a picture. Art is the great communicator and it is my firm belief that artists are a gateway to a deeper truth about the human condition.

Art has always been a substantial part of my life. I am fortunate to have come from a very creative family which enabled and encouraged me to explore my talents. I have always been artistic, but since I was small my Grandmother consistently urged me to focus on visual arts. These inherited gifts coupled with general support for my work has lead me to adopt art as not only a profession, but a way of life.

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Describe your process: do you paint everyday, on certain days or only when you’re inspired?

My practice is informed by my life experiences and heavy introspection. I do not create when I am not inspired. Most of my paintings stem from deeper concepts predominantly focused on my experience and the psychological impact and contemplation of these observations. I prefer portraiture as a means of evoking psychological processes through form, color, and concept.

Is there a message or theme you hope viewers take away from your work?

The majority of my work attempts to peer into the moment when subconscious thought breaks through to conscious reality – of interior honesty amid exterior chaos. The expression of emotion is often diluted or redirected by self-control and other external factors.

We live our lives through a lens of presentation, a theoretical concept of persona. In Jungian taxonomy, persona refers to someone’s public image. This idea represents the mask we wear in public in order to impose a certain image about ourselves. However, one cannot solely retreat into a world driven by their persona without moments of unfiltered emotional breakthrough, sometimes only momentary. These moments of unmasked emotional purity are strikingly simple due to the fact that they are “real”. In an attempt to capture the intangible moment between repression and realization, my work attempts to glimpse into a private reality most people do not acknowledge.

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Your incredible portfolio is quite extensive: portraits, architecture, graphic paintings, the list goes on. Do you have a favorite medium, style or subject matter?

As a young artist I continue to spend these formative years exploring content, material, and subject matter. Much of my previous work has been somewhat informed by school and various external factors. It has only been recently that my studio practice has begun to revolve around complete freedom of expression.

My distinct style is constantly evolving. It is clearly informed by past work. I am always surprised to see previous stylistic tendencies I thought gone reappear in my work. This happens all the time. I think of myself as building a visual repertoire, a bank to always source for new ways of communicating.

I do not favor one subject matter or medium over another. I use what the painting demands. In my practice, subject matter and medium are decided by the work, not me. Much of my practice is intuitive. I am the vessel through which the work is realized. Much of the time it feels like the end result is not in my control, but dictated by something intangible.

My work is also significantly informed by art history and my own personal artistic preferences. I am predominantly inspired by artists of the Vienna Secession such as Egon Schiele’s portraiture and Gustav Klimt’s ornamentation. Additionally, I reference from the Art Nouveau movement and the linear architectural taxonomy of Art Deco. Conceptually , I strongly align myself with the avant-garde, dadaist, and surrealist manifestos. These movements address the subconscious and directly challenge the notion of reality.

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Your work will be on display at the COCA Art Gallery in Greenville later this month. How does it feel to share your art with your hometown?

Honestly it’s a little surreal, but also super exciting. I am thrilled to be able to present my work in Wilmington where I grew up. Having shown my work only in Manhattan over the past year, I am flattered to have the opportunity to present locally. I am hoping all those “who knew me when” will come out to see what I’ve been up to and enjoy the development of my work.

Alex Rudin’s solo exhibition at Coca Gallery (3829 & 3838 Kennett Pike, Suite 101 Wilmington, delaware) opens June 27th. For more info on Alex, visit her website and follow her on Instagram.

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June Mood Board

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Hello! Julia Johnson here, Social Stylate’s graphic designer, with some inspiration refreshment! Check out what’s inspiring us this month with our June Mood Board.

This month we’re all about action! Whether that action is taking an exotic vacation, bringing your workout outdoors, or schlepping your folding chair to the beach, we’re getting outside this month! Lauren has beat us to the punch with her gorgeous trip to Italy and London with her family. She visited Praiano, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri, rounded out by a post-royal-wedding London jaunt. She took in the sights of Pompeii, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, and London Bridge. Check out her ig for gorgeous pics of her trip (with special guest Hudson!). Lauren’s not the only one hopping the pond; Kelly and Carroll are taking enviable trips of their own. Kelly will be heading to Rome and Sorrento, and Carroll is headed to the French Open.

Summer is just days away, officially kicking off on June 21st. We’re finding any occasion to get outside. Why get active while helping the community? This month Motivate the First State is making it their mission to empower Delawareans to log their healthy activities for a good cause. Users simply log their activities online for “kudos” and that translates to money going back into the community. A win-win, if you ask us!

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May Mood Board

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Hello! Julie here, Social Stylate’s Graphic Designer. Check out what’s inspiring us in May 2018 with this month’s mood board! The theme is: “Summer Is Coming, After All!”

April showers (and flurries) have finally brought us May flowers! We’ve had some beautiful and downright summery days since May started, and that has us ready for one thing: VACATION! Bring on the sandy beaches, the flip flops, and the wide-brim hats! Our very own Lauren Golt will be traveling to Italy and London this month, soaking up sun, local culture (read: amazing food), and rich history. We’re just a tint of green with envy.

No matter where you’re vacationing this summer, now is the time to prep your skin! From your backyard to the beach, protection is a must. Visit Houppette on 5/10 for their Girls’ Day event for expert skincare advice and deals on your favorite products. Not only will you get a great SPF, but your beauty and resortwear game will be on-point.

Staying local this month? Cultivate your inner peace for a good cause with the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Delaware’s “Vetitation” event on Saturday, May 19th. Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in a guided meditation in Rockford Park in Wilmington, DE. You will also hear from a veteran with PTSD and learn the science behind meditation and how it’s saving lives. Support another great local cause at the Delaware Center for Justice’s annual “Celebrating Justice in Our Communities” event on May 17th at the Delaware Natural History Museum! The DCJ is dedicated to improving justice for everyone in the state. Details for the event can be found on their website.

Whether you’re spending your warm-weather downtime on the front porch or beachside, there’s nothing like slow, sunny summer vibes. Your getaway is just a cold drink with a little umbrella and a lawn chair away. Vacation is a state of mind, and we’re totally there.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Erik Younger, a United States Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan, began suffering symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) after serving our country. He presented a TEDx Talk in Wilmington, DE where he candidly discussed his experience returning home and burying the memories of the trauma he’d witnessed. He talks about the emotional pain that turned to physical pain and the relief he never got. He talks about the various medications that didn’t help and told the room that at one point, he was losing the will to live if life was going to be so painful. His body continued to break down, and it was after this that he was introduced to meditation.

For the first time in a long time, he relaxed. His mind was calm, he started sleeping better, and his attitude became more positive. In researching and experiencing the beneficial effects of meditation on mental health, Erik founded Vetitation, a non-profit organization “dedicated to helping veterans find peace from PTSD by learning and practicing meditation.” Vetitation, Veterans + Meditation, offers a 3-day retreat for veterans to immerse themselves in the practice of meditation and learn to heal themselves from the memories of war.

On May 19, Vetitation will partner with the Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) for the first annual Meditate for a Vet Event to raise awareness of veterans struggling with PTSD. MHA is a non-profit organization that “promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support, and advocacy.” Meditate for a Vet will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington and offers a large group meditation session. The registration fees will help fund programs related to mental health and veterans with PTSD.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you’re invited to join us for this incredibly important event, Meditate for a Vet, to help veterans with PTSD to find peace in their daily lives.

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