Aaronel deRoy Gruber: Art(ist) in Motion is on view at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art until June 2nd.
It is always a pleasure to be introduced to a new artist through a strong one-woman show. We made the journey out to Greensburg just for this exhibition and we were, not surprisingly, delighted.
Aaron deRroy Gruber (1918-2011) was a prolific Pittsburgh artist who began as an abstract expressionist painter, evolved into sculpture at the urging of fellow artist David Smith and in her later years also took up photography. She created for over six decades, an astonishing accomplishment!
The exhibition is laid out in a maze like fashion, taking the viewer on a mesmerizing walking tour. I couldn’t help but feel a certain connection with her Plexiglas and Chrome sculptures, many motorized and slow moving. To me they exude a bit of Southern California cool with their bright colors, sexy translucence and calming nature. A bit reminiscent of David Hockney’s relaxed Los Angeles scapes or the Hard-Edge painting movement. Regardless of whether this was the artists intention, the pieces are a testament to 1960’s/70’s culture.
Also included are examples of the fantastic jewelry she made as well as a few paintings, photographs and videos. Pictures of the artist are also on view which give an intriguing look into the cool, kind and fashionable woman she seemed to be.
If you haven’t made it out to Greensburg yet, this is the reason that you’ve been waiting for to show up.
*Images are compliments of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art