Published: 07/21/2021 3:33:57 PM
SARANAC LAKE, NY – A greenfield-based sculptor is currently showcasing his craft along with other emerging artists in a weekly pop-up gallery in upstairs New York.
Abstract Adirondack Art Gallery has invited sculptor Joshua Ruder to join their group of artists, which is exhibiting in the gardens and porches of McClellan Cure Cottage on 391 Park Avenue on Thursdays through September 16, Saranac Lake, NY
Ruder is a figurative sculptor who works primarily with carved stone and welded steel. Although he lives in Greenfield, he has family connections in the Adirondacks, according to an art gallery press release. Ruder explores the possibilities and limits of combining steel, stone, ceramics, plaster of paris, wood and glass, often including found objects in his work.
“I choose the material or the combination of materials that will enable me to best express the particular idea I’m trying to convey,” explains Ruder on his website.
Right from the start with the making and casting of a clay bust in ninth grade, Ruder has pursued a lifelong exploration of three-dimensional creation. This led him, according to the communication, to a degree in fine arts from Brown University, which he complemented with workshops and internships in bronze casting and welding at the Stonybrook Metal Arts and Sculpture School in Jamaica Plain; Studied ceramic and metal casting with sand molds at Liberty Arts in Durham, NC; and carving marble at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, Vt.
In 2017, he secured an artist residency at the Plumbing Museum in Watertown, where he welded pieces from scrap, the message says. He later worked as a metal finisher at Salmon Studios in Florence. Today Ruder works full time on sculpture for commissions and exhibitions and is on the board of the New England Sculptors Association.
“I sculpt because I believe this is the most effective way for me to communicate my thoughts, feelings and observations about the world,” says Ruder on his website.
Several of Ruder’s sculptures are on display at the Abstract Adirondack Gallery, including two large pieces that were installed in the gardens, the press release said. There are also sculptures by Sarah May from Walden, NY; Paintings and prints by Peter Bird and Deborah Geurtze, both of Saranac Lake, and George Dirolf of Loudonville, NY; abstract designs and paintings by Tim Fortune of Saranac Lake; and assemblage by William Evans of Jay, NY