Lance Rutledge, Untitled, 2006, 30 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Lance Rutledge, Untitled, 2008, 40 x 50 inches, oil on canvas

I don't know much about Lance Rutledge, but there is a recent interview with him by Jon Lutz at The Old Gold. He is also showing tonight, May 9, at Studio 11 in L.I.C. in a group show called Central & Remote that also includes Carrie Pollack and many others. His paintings feature a finely tuned awareness of the poetic potency of words and images, as well as a great sense of humor. I particularly enjoy the slippages that occur in the verbal phrases, and how the seemingly unrelated words and images are mashed together to create surprising off-balance meaning. He has mastered a Twombly-esque artlessness that is supremely artful, making these paintings operate as both hermetic narratives and sensuous objects.