Joseph M. Ruffo
29 1/2 in. x 21 1/2 in. (74.93 cm x 54.61 cm)
Medium and Support:
Color lithograph on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
Like his fellow Pop artists, Ruffo turned to commonplace objects as his subjects. Depicting items like Pyrex measuring cups, mat knifes, tape, oilcans, keys, or as in this lithograph, a tube of ink, Ruffo looks to memorialize an object in the moment that he captures its image. He states, "Time is inferred in most works as time stood still. I give the object a sense of "place"—in an invented environment—what I call an invented landscape. Of importance to me is the object's place in time, a remembrance of pasts almost obscured in contemporary times."