September 6—27, 2016
Opening: First Thursday, October 6, 6:00—8:00 pm
Blue Hotel Series 2, Episode 1 with performances by Cake “Alchemy!” and Up North
Brit Ruggirello is interested in interpersonal relationships, digital representation, party aesthetics, and the interior design of Las Vegas hotels. Her installations, or Mood Boards, commemorate the everyday—objects, events, people, and animals—employing human scale assemblage and collage as well as photographic documentation that reinforces the physicality of the work.
Ruggirello lives in a house she calls Blue Hotel. Her exhibition of the same name references the personalities of this unique environment, negotiating between the imagined and the real, with found objects, vibrantly colored light bulbs, pastel gradients, and digitally altered images.
“About a year ago, I moved into a blue house. I ended up naming it Blue Hotel.
The name stems from things my then roommate, Dani and I like. She loves the color blue and I love hotels, especially Vegas ones. We read the same book, Hotel Theory and would leave it on the table when people came over. It’s also our WIFI password.
Anyways, a lot of things happened there:
Dani got a dog named Boone.
I started a band called Up North.
I tried to make the space feel homey by adding an eclectic mix of found items and three chairs that cost a total of $11.
I threw a house party series called Blue Hotel. It was a combination of music, art, and friends coming together in a safe place. Ideas could be tried out with no judgment and celebrated among good people!
What I didn’t know at the time was…
It was going to be the theme of my second set of Mood Boards, a series I began as an undergrad when I was being tested to see if I was bi-polar. While this was happening, I had to keep daily mood charts. This practice developed into the creation of mood boards. I would find images on the web, based on the mood I was in, and it got me thinking about representation online and then just representation in general.
I thought about how the people in my life influenced me, and how I would represent them through objects, color, and composition. This lead to the creation of installations within controlled environments. I then photographed them and posted them on the web.”
About the Artist: Brit Ruggirello received her BFA from the University of Washington and currently lives and works in Seattle. She collaborates with Jueqian Fang as artist duo Mystical Orchid and David Nielsen in the experimental band Up North. She has exhibited her work locally and internationally, in such venues as Gallery 295, Vancouver, BC; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA; Veronica, Seattle, WA; and GLASSBOX, Seattle, WA.