3^Fault^, by Andrew Rucklidge, represents a more recent creative direction for the artist. Three recent solo exhibitions have contributed to the formal and technical cross-pollination present in this work. This recent direction is manifested in the consolidation of multiple, distinctive techniques into a single work: mediaeval and early Renaissance techniques, such as distemper on linen (Tüchlein: 14th-century Netherlands), toned gessoed grounds (14th–19th century) and oil glazing, and more contemporary techniques, such as acrylic airbrush and, most recently, the gestural scanner fault digital print.
The working title X^Fault^X refers to both the linguistic concept of the shifter as well as the shifting direction of metaphor in Jacques Derrida’s heliotrope. Several of the paintings seed new forms via torn digital scanning and abrupt mechanical shearing. This last technique is new to the artist: one painting with a repeating sequence of painted colours (e.g., 2^Fault^3) is chosen and then gesturally moved as the scanner light passes in order to create a digital tear and fault. The result of this process is then printed. This is a pure digital gesture amplified with painting and without Photoshop mediation.
Andrew Rucklidge lives and works in Toronto, and is an instructor in the Department of Painting & Drawing at OCAD University. Since 2003, he has been showing his work internationally. In 2013, Rucklidge received both the K.M. Hunter Visual Artist Award and the Laura Ciruls Painting Award. His work is housed in numerous international public and private collections.