Gallery is a community and international forum for the exhibition
of the work of emerging and established artists. It is a virtual
gallery and a physical exhibition space in several intermittent
venues. Its central focus is in the field of progressive and avant-garde
visual ideas, though it is not limited to abstract or modernist
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curator Johnes Ruta is a consultant with several art galleries
in Connecticut and New York City; he is an artist representative,
collector, activist and theorist of art and science history.
He is also a business analyst, computer programmer, and web
designer. From 1973 to 1978, he was the Managing Editor &
Theatre Editor of The Entertainer, a cultural newsmagazine published
in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. From 1988 to 2005 he was
the curator of the York Square Gallery in New Haven, and from
September 2005 until August 31, 2015, the Art Gallery Director
of the Gallery at the New Haven Free Public Library. He is a
member of the Cable TV Advisory Council of the New Haven area.
He is Vice President of the
William Meredith Foundation, and a Trustee of the William
Kent Charitable Foundation.
goal in my public work is to develop a visual vocabulary which
reflects the positive criteria of creative originality
& culture, technical and aesthetic qualities, and the inherent
depth of forms and themes.
As an independent curator, I do whatever I can to bring about
greater cultural exchange, awareness, acceptance and enthusiasm
for the arts. My vision is to apply the experience of my travels
to art museums and galleries around the US and Europe, as well
as my studies, to create an international center for the arts
in New Haven. This center would offer programs in art history
and appreciation, and bring artists work from abroad to
the US, and would offer US artists the opportunity to see their
work exported to foreign venues and recognition.
The historical parallel
between science and creative culture is a continuing evolution.
I support the avant garde and non-linear expressions in contemporary
art, but remain fascinated by the recurrent themes found especially
in periods of technological or intellectual transition -- such
as the parallels of Classical and Renaissance advances in astronomy,
medicine, and transportation, with those in music, the visual
arts, and philosophy. -- Inspired by my namesake, the Roman
Janus, I try to look into the distant future to see the
eventualities of the inner human psyche; and into the past,
through which a Light-Stream of creative expressions
has illuminated a path of human survival, thought, and dignity
: the forces of preservation, aesthetics, and Enlightenment
-- against decay and intolerance.