Jani Ruscica: Fold in and Fall Flat
April 2 – May 4, 2018
2017 – 2018 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Artist-in-Resident
Opening Reception: April 2, 2018 at 5.30PM – 7PM, CAG, UConn Art Building, Storrs, CT
Jani Ruscica’s installations are recognized for exploring the interstices between cinema, video, art, theatre, and performance to reveal the unity of these disciplines. Ruscica’s ambitious plans for Fold in and Fall Flat (April 2, 2018 to May 4, 2018) at the University of Connecticut’s Contemporary Art Galleries present a similar kind of complexity and creativity, paired with a high level of challenge.
To begin, Professor Bart Roccoberton and his MFA students will manufacture a 4 foot tall “Jani” lookalike wooden puppet requiring three puppeteers to function in response with a 3D CGI “Jani” lookalike animation. While at UCONN, Ruscica will be collaborating with the university’s COUNTERPROOF PRESS in the making of a limited-edition print portfolio.
States Ruscica, ” Fold in and Fall Flat” will focus on presence, how one carries one’s body and the minutia of gestures that go with that… Also, the different uses of gravity will become more tangible. These two representation of the same body in space, the puppet and CGI avatar will engage with the space independently from one another yet maintain a direct dialogue with one another through eye contact.”
Jani Ruscica (Savonlinna, 1978) studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. In recent years, he has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki, CIRCA Projects in Newcastle, Suburban PS in Rotterdam and the Otto Zoo Gallery in Milan, among other venues. Jani Ruscica’s works have been recently shown in several international exhibitions and festivals, including MACRO at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, K11 Art Space in Shanghai, the 5th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway, the 7th European Photography Festival in Reggio, the 6th Liverpool Biennial and Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, and in video screenings at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the TATE Modern in London and MoMA in New York. A new public work of art has been commissioned from Ruscica by the Helsinki Art Museum for the Helsinki City Centre Library currently under construction. The work will be unveiled in December 2018.
Preparatory Material for Fold in and Fall Flat, 2018: