Michael Meier 1618 "Hic est Draco caudam  suam devorans"

Johnes Ruta, writer, ¨Mercurator¨
Independent Curator & Art Theorist.

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Azoth 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 art.

Azoth defined: < Arabic 1477: al - or az - : the, za'uq : mercury > In Alchemy: "the Mercury" was the First Principle of all the Metals. In the chemistry of the Middle Ages up to the 16th century, alchemy was limited to the pursuit of the transmutation of metals, the search for the alkahest (the universal solvent) and the Panacea (the universal elixir of health, longevity, and consciousness.)

Independent 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.



~ Johnes Ruta

The 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.