For more than 40 years David Rudolph primarily worked in three-dimensions, creating large and small-scale sculpture in wood, steel and concrete formulation. Rudolph refers to his style of sculpture as ‘Still Animation’, as he is often exploring movement, scale and planes through blocky and geometric shapes. Although his medium has shifted over the years, his point of interest in three-dimensional forms has not.
This series of paintings is the two-dimensional manifestation of his efforts to translate the fundamental shapes and geometry that make up our surroundings. Mel Zaid, one of Rudolph’s artistic and philosophical influences introduced the concept of ‘multi-space’ – the idea of multiple universes. Rudolph speaks of subconsciously entering an alternate universe composed of hard edges, shadows, and perpetual movement while in the creative process. Through his sculpture and painting Rudolph is exploring this other world, and using it as a filter to understand the objects and forms in our current reality. 2-D and 3-D artworks function differently to the human eye; therefore it is uncanny how Rudolph has inextricably linked his two bodies of work to communicate in much the same way. Just as his sculptures morph with each vantage point, so do his paintings. Blocks of color and shadow create a three dimensional environment from which his sculpture could easily be born.
Rudolph’s goal as an artist is not to create shock value or challenge the viewer intellectually, but rather to present a visual puzzle. The patterns and shapes in the paintings prompt a meditative experience as the brain processes the visual information. Rudolph innocently discovered the meditative effect of his paintings on others though trial and error, but his intention was always to create something that would leave a positive impression.