Carl Rucki, an accomplished photographer, was inspired to change his medium of choice to painting after viewing an abstract exhibit that included work by Pollack and Rothko. Rucki found that painting provides him access to an internal space in which he can explore more deeply the creative process while having a greater freedom of expression than in photography, which he considers more of an exact science. This show, Love, Planets, and History encompasses Carl’s personal reflections on those themes. He has chosen to work in large format in order to express the enormity of force and power of these subjects in human existence.  

Paintings by Carl Rucki
Carl Rucki - The Universe - Acrylic Painting - 2020
Carl Rucki – The Universe – Acrylic Painting – 2020
Carl Rucki - Planet K23 - Acrylic Painting - 2020
Carl Rucki – Planet K23 – Acrylic Painting – 2020

Carl Rucki grew up in Long Branch, NJ and still lives in Monmouth County, having traveled extensively throughout his life. In the early 1970’s, he visited Spain as a photographer’s assistant where he learned the craft and gained on-the-ground experience. He returned to NYC, where he completed a degree in commercial photography and later returned to school to study motion picture and sound, eventually working for August Films doing sound editing. Carl began his photography career photographing surfing in the late 1980’s working for several surf magazines as a freelancer, including Surfer, Surfing, and Surfer’s Journal and worked as a staff photographer for Eastern Surf Magazine and Rare Breed magazine,

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Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio, and classroom space to local artists. New members are always welcome.

Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $50 per year, $25 for students with id. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.

Programming at the Art Alliance is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the arts.

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