RULE Gallery opens ‘Permutations’ on Friday

MARFA — This Friday, RULE Gallery opens Permutations, a duo exhibition of work by Victoria Burge and Anna Hepler. Permutations brings together two artists who use structure, sequencing, and re-interpretation as the basis of their artistic practice, each artist exploring how any one action can generate further possibilities in the next.

Hepler’s works depict this by translating forms across many media, where each new creation is informed by the one preceding it. Her woodcut prints and sculpture suggest the appearance of cardboard, robust and familiar in design, she turns the notion inside out, bringing the organic beauty of its bending and folding to life. Other ceramic pieces become three-dimensional drawings, where the layers of clay become the ink, and the shapes become metaphors for family and home. Additional works, both two- and three-dimensional sculptures, repurpose other materials; the heavily used lauan construction wood becomes a study of board games as they reiterate and break down patterns.

Burge finds inspiration in weavers’ draft notations and mathematical constructs, making marks and embossments on paper in a way that emulates the structures and interactions of such systems. Using the grid as her starting point, she investigates patterned sequences and geometric combinations using intuitive drawing to guide each work’s metamorphosis. Using a network of nodes, she redirects the eye through the implications of space, providing endless variations of connection. In other drawings, Burge deciphers draft notations found in textile books from the 1920s-1940s, interpreting these codes through white ink that plays with the paper’s surface, hinting at the flow of light on water and the movement of waves.

Born in 1976, Burge’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many other institutions, and has been awarded multiple residencies and grants. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Hepler was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1969 and earned a BA from Oberlin College in 1992 and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in many other institutions. Her work is included in major public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Tate Gallery, London, England, and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

The show will open on October 9, 2020, and be on view through January 3, 2021, at 204 E. San Antonio Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., no appointment necessary. With public and staff safety in mind, all visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines throughout their time in the gallery.

RULE Gallery, founded in 1991, has locations in Denver, Colorado, and Marfa, Texas. RULE represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists and artist estates, with a focus on fostering investigative art practices while developing artists’ long-term careers. Outside their robust in-house exhibition schedule, RULE coordinates programming in prominent institutions and nontraditional settings, expanding community engagement with the work. In addition, the gallery actively endeavors to bring greater recognition of the region’s historical art movements to a broader audience.