Ruth Lantz, originally from Illinois, received her Masters in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR — where she still resides. She has been featured in galleries at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Washington State University Vancouver, Lower Columbia College (Longview WA), Linfield College (McMinnville OR) and Governors State University (University Park IL). Her work has been seen in spaces such as: The Laura Russo Gallery (Portland OR), Disjecta (Portland OR), Ditch Projects (Springfield OR) and Swarm Gallery (Oakland CA). Lantz has received RACC and CAAP grants and was a nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award. She is currently an instructor at Portland Community College and Washington State University Vancouver. Lantz is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR.
I explore the intersection between painting and digital language. Commingling abstraction and representation I approach my works through a series of perceptual, process driven and painterly filtration systems. I compile these tensional forces to examine the continual translation, overlap, and fracture imbued by information technologies and glitch aesthetics. I manipulate found landscape images to explore how new technologies have altered the way we understand and mediate our immediate surroundings. Condensing the technological affect and the painterly sensation into one inscrutable surface, I create an image that is at once familiar but also removed, thus, challenging the viewer to question the nature of visual appearances.