contemporary art

Garrett Pruter

United States 1987

Photography, Assemblage Art

Garrett Pruter
Garrett Pruter
United States
March 29, 2015

Garrett Pruter is a young New York-based artist, known for his mosaic-style manipulations of found photographs that alter the meanings of historically and culturally important images. His art revolves around themes of memory and loss, and the genesis of a photo being created and deteriorating through its lifespan. Pruter was born in 1987 in California, and he graduated with a BFA degree from the Parsons School of Design in 2010.

Garrett Pruter’s creative process

At the heart of his investigation is the act of subtraction – cuts, tears and bleach poured on the images delete meaning, but at the same time highlight a negative space, in which it is possible to find new bearing.
Pruter has collected vernacular photographs and slides since his teenage years, generally drawn to photos that have not been treated as precious objects and, through time, have taken on a naturally weathered appearance. While in his own possession, the photos are still handled haphazardly, allowing the physical transformation of a new patina acquired through the artist’s own travels and experiences. He is also interested in the physical journey that photographs endure within their lifespan and the wear and tear that they take on as they transfer hands and ownership through multiple generations. Many of the photos he acquired during his travels this past year through France, Hungary and Georgia contain images of the very landscapes Pruter was traversing. This created, for him, a feeling of multiple gazes and vantage points that he would later reexamine during the process of creating his work. The stains, smudges, and tears in the paper provide evidence of time’s natural distortion of reality.

Works of Garrett Pruter

Continuing his exploration of nostalgia, entropy and the fragility of memories, in series named Interiors, Pruter investigates a series of images of interiors through 3 different lenses – as a constructed personal and reflective universe, as a negative space closed off from outer elements, but also as the internal surface and structure of photography itself.
His series of stain paintings titled Traces are created from a unique subtraction of photographic imagery and their reconstitution on classical supports. Part of Pruter’s process is to selectively subtract the pigment of his collected photographs by slowly bleeding them directly onto the work’s surface. With some of the paintings, where the composition seems quite spare, the works have in fact gone through many layers of addition and subtraction, through a back-and‐forth process of erasure and creation, not unlike a palimpsest. The resulting built-up marks mimic naturally occurring formations such as puddles, crevices, sediment, and mold.

Garrett Pruter lives and works between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015TracesJudith Charles Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Generation LossGalerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Human InterfaceHus Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014Scripted SpacesMartos Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Whitney Art PartyNew York, NYGroup
2014Lucky Draw 2014Sculpture Center Benefit, New York, NYGroup
2014VisionsJudith Charles Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013InteriorsJudith Charles Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2013Wish you were hereGalerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Seventh Inning StretchEric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2013Spring-Break Art FairOld School, New York, NYGroup
2012Mixed SignalsCharles Bank Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Permanent CollectionNancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012The HaberdasheryEric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2012TranshumanSchoolhouse Projects, New York, NYGroup
2012The BrucennialBruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NYGroup
2011Third OrderCharles Bank Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011RecoveredFrosch & Portmann, New York, NYGroup
2011Visible Alternative - The New Museum’s Festival Of Ideas For The New CityOld School, New York, NYGroup
2011Cutters EdgesGestalten space, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Single Fare 2Sloane Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2011CuttersCork Center, Cork, IrelandGroup
2010Cut UpsMahan Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2010All Right NowAronson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Happily UnhappyBlanc Compound, Mandaluyong, PhilippinesGroup
2010ObsessionArt Directors Club, New York, NYGroup
2010Illustrators 52Society of Illustrators, New York, NYGroup
2010Student Scholarship ShowSociety of Illustrators, New York, NYGroup