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by Todd Camplin

Beautifully woven structures along with flat paintings populate the walls of Cris Worley Fine
Arts by artist Rusty Scruby. I was reluctant to write about the show, because
interviewed Scruby. However, the work kept revisiting my thoughts, so I was compelled to
write about the work.
Rusty Scruby has shown quite a bit over the years in Dallas, so I have become familiar with his
evolution in his art. Most people know him for his photographic structures. His father’s photos
and later his own were used to create some images that resembled cubism in light of the
digital age. Unlike David Hockney’s photo collages which were cut in more of the style of
cubism, Scruby would create a strong pattern of slightly varied repeating images.
Hot and Wet Installation at Circuit 12

Bright Shade (detail)
acrylic on archival paper construction
37.5 x 39 inches
Rusty Scruby’s flat work took me by surprise, mainly because I had not seen this work from him
in a gallery setting. I assumed he worked and sketched out ideas, but this was a real treat to
see work that related to his dimensional structures. I don’t know why I found the pattern
paintings on pattern structures so fascinating, but these also felt like a departure from his
old series. The painting Bright Shade seemed to explode out like a mathematical cascade.
I guess the pattern felt like I was tapping into a little what Scruby sees in the world.
I saw this past work in relation to time, movement, and blurred memory, rather than purely
referencing Modernism. Also, unlike Hockney, Scruby wasn’t capturing a moment like most
photography, but rather he was creating a kind of anti-photo that attempts to simulate the
capturing of memories.  A photographed moment can be contained, but a memory is less
clear, less definable, and can’t be recalled perfectly  I also understand that Scruby sees
mathematical patterns in life, which inform his work. The past shows felt fast and broken
apart and that is why this show is a radical departure from those shows.
Installation View
That's Radicchio, acrylic on archival paper construction
12.5 x 11.5 x 2 inches
Installation View
This show titled Firesticks, captures a moment like a camera, only these are paintings. Some
Cris Worley Fine Arts with have Rusty Scruby’s Firesticks show up until March 26th. After which will