Inner State Gallery may be practically across the street from the Red Bull House of Art, but spiritually for Ellen Rutt, she has come a long way from one to the other. Back in April, Rutt was one of the artists who exhibited as part of Round 4 at the Red Bull House of Art. Already a strong artist back then, she has not allowed her craft to stagnate, progressing further still, to the point she can hold her own in a show with renowned (or perhaps infamous) graffiti artists Malt and Tead. The show had its opening reception last night.
Both Malt and Tead have watched Rutt's career with great interest. "Her work is amazing," said Malt. "It's totally cohesive, … truly intricate … it's great art," Tead said. Rutt reciprocates their admiration, and did not hesitate it when gallery owners Jesse Cory and Dan Armand invited her to do the show with Malt and Tead. "They came to me after Red Bull," Rutt recalled.
Many of Rutt's fellow Red Bull House of Art artists showed up at Inner State Gallery last night to support her, including Franklin Jonas, Edward Foster, Lindy Shewbridge and Tylonn Sawyer, as well as curator Matt Eaton. The show, titled It's in the Water, will be up until October 17, according to the gallery's website.