July 25, 2020

Rute Merk at Downs & Ross

Does art history influence fashion? Can fashion influence art? Rute Merk explores these questions in her exhibit at Downs & Ross.
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About the exhibit - SS20

Rute Merk’s exhibit, SS20, is on view at Downs & Ross Gallery in the lower east side, New York, from Jul 08 – Sep 13, 2020. 

Rute Merk at Downs & Ross

Rute Merk's renderings of Balenciaga's SS20 runway question how art can influence fashion. 

Rute Merk at Downs & Ross
Rute Merk at Downs & Ross
“Her paintings' digital-at-first-glance and nearly holographic portraits of iconic models (which she posits as the highly specified embodiments of real-life corporatized avatars) explore how new visions of humanity and its appearance invoke both a technologized sublime and our concomitant anxieties of its planned obsolescence” (source
Rute Merk at Downs & Ross
Rute Merk at Downs & Ross
“Informed by Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia’s vision of how the season “reimagines dressing for work," Rute Merk queries how both global fashion and art world fashionability rely on the containment of collective and personal identity within cycles of repetition – seasonally transforming compulsion into production.”   (source
Rute Merk at Downs & Ross
Rute Merk at Downs & Ross

About the Artist - Rute Merk 

Rute Merk is a Lithuanian artist who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She received her BA in Painting from Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2013. 

Rute Merk at Downs & Ross
“Merk draws fuzzy lines among genders, anonymous identities, and also the integration of realistic fiction and virtual realities in the facture of her painting which reverberates in its aesthetics of late ’90s RPG video games.” (source
Rute Merk at Downs & Ross

You can explore her works on her website and Instagram.

Rute Merk at Downs & Ross

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