Our Interests and Initiatives

Rusk hosts special rotating exhibitions and events to highlight emerging artists, designers, and craftspeople in our 1200 square foot gallery space. This space is our laboratory where we test lighting and other systems that we integrate into our projects.

Just as we are in the business of “leaving the house in better shape than we found it,” our firm supports select organizations that effectively address the needs of our community and of our industry. These groups include Mayor Bloomberg’s Fatherhood Initiative and the Fatherhood Academy at LaGuardia Community College; The Campaign to End Childhood Hunger; Public Color, and One Good Turn Around Manhattan.

 

  Third Floor Gallery at Rusk Exhibition: Outside In

Opening April 10th 5:30-8:00 p.m.

 

This exhibit brings together the work of three artists who use nature as a vehicle for exploring and understanding their individual relationships with the world.

 

For Fritz Drury, nature is a place to find solace and renewal, but at the risk of confronting the hard void of isolation. The constraints and conventions of modern life are suspended, and human nakedness is vulnerable or transgressive. The stories and myths in which humankind has sought to mitigate its fear and disconnection from the rest of the world find their resolution in dreamlike forests.

 

Elinore Hollinshead fastens personal history on to landscape forms with symbol, bringing her extensive knowledge of myth and literature to create a universally recognizable mystery and emotional depth. Throughout her work, she connects the forms, colors and textures of varied landscapes to evoke personal experience through which we all see the world.

 

Stephen Burt’s world illustrates the formal complexity of nature expressed through the crazy energy that connects all things in our world. Burt is cagey about his own emotional place in relation to the surging tensions he depicts in his work; his expert hand creates a wall of fluttering mark which, like the Murex’s shell, conceals its vulnerable core.

 

Each artist charts an exterior landscape while documenting fleeting perceptions, inventions and memories - outside and inside merging into one. The image on the invitation is a merger of all three artist's works and speaks to the similarities in spirit of their vision and work.

 

Drury, Hollinshead, and Burt acknowledge their debt to the expressive range of art history that range from the Renaissance and Romantic to the contemporary eras. For each, image-making is an all-absorbing enterprise, one that orders the complex world into a visual statement that is both a search for meaning and a desire for resolution.

 

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  Lunar New Year

On February 19th, we observed the Lunar New Year to thank our clients and colleagues for the previous year’s achievements and to wish everyone continued success in the year of the Ram. Evergreen Shanghai provided a delectable spread of auspicious dishes and JB Benn circulated among the guests to amaze us with up-close magic.
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  Limiting Risk for Architects and their Clients

On October 8th, John Rusk, construction attorney Robert Herrman and Robert Buford, retired managing partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, facilitated a workshop for New York architects: Limiting Risk for Architects and their Clients. Modelled on a presentation John and Bob offered earlier in the year to members of the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, this workshop introduced to participants techniques for improving communication and developing clear contracts as means to avoid dispute.

 

  Reflecting on Color with Donald Kaufman

On February 13th, John Rusk sat down with noted colorist, Donald Kaufman, to discuss color. See interview segments below:

 

 

Architectural Lunch and Learn

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Waterskiing Around Manhattan

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