As the Allure Fades: Photographs by Jay Ruland

As the Allure Fades, photographs by Jay Ruland at The Image Flow, Mill Valley, CA

Photos © Jay Ruland

As the Allure Fades: Photographs by Jay Ruland

May 14 – July 29, 2016

Artist Reception: Saturday, May 14, 7–9PM

The Image Flow proudly presents As the Allure Fades, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Bay Area photographer Jay Ruland. As the Allure Fades brings together images from three series Withering Roses, Abstractions, and Birds all created through his adoption of an unlikely camera: a flatbed scanner.

Including images up to 40×40 inches, Ruland’s intensely rich large-scale prints in this exhibition explore beauty on the brink of decay. His process takes advantage of the scanner’s penchant to record both acute details and a sharp fall-off; capturing each vein within a petal or tuft of a feather and fading off into deep black backgrounds. Ruland’s work invites the viewer to look closer and contemplate the inevitability of our own mortality. From his artist statement:

The roses in this series are past their prime. They are at serious risk of the trash bin. In our youth obsessed society, most images of aging or decay are met with revulsion. But if one’s gaze lingers, without judgment, then the simple beauty of the aging process might be seen.

As the Allure Fades embraces the natural beauty of all stages of life. Come celebrate Jay Ruland’s exquisite work with us on Saturday, May 14 from 7–9PM.

Event catered by R.S.V.P. Catering.

On view through July 29.

Monday – Friday, 10AM–6PM.

rose094a. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose094a. Photo © Jay Ruland

roses888. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

roses888. Photo © Jay Ruland

flower736. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

flower736. Photo © Jay Ruland

roses094. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

roses094. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose038. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose038. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose029a. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose029a. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose128. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose128. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose578_A. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose578_A. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose261. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose261. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose181. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose181. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose098. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose098. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose41d. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose41d. Photo © Jay Ruland

roses013. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

roses013. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose028b. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose028b. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose447_bw2. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

rose447_bw2. Photo © Jay Ruland

flower617bw. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

flower617bw. Photo © Jay Ruland

nest4. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

nest4. Photo © Jay Ruland

bird037f. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

bird037f. Photo © Jay Ruland

feather2. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

feather2. Photo © Jay Ruland

nest3. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

nest3. Photo © Jay Ruland

feather1. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

feather1. Photo © Jay Ruland

bird471_b. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

bird471_b. Photo © Jay Ruland

rose094a. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
roses888. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
flower736. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
roses094. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose038. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose029a. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose128. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose578_A. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose261. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose181. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose098. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose41d. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
roses013. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose028b. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
rose447_bw2. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
flower617bw. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
nest4. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
bird037f. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
feather2. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
nest3. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
feather1. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail
bird471_b. Photo © Jay Ruland thumbnail

 


Jay Ruland is a photographer living and working in the San Jose/Silicon Valley Area. He received his BFA in Photography from San Jose State University in 2010 and is currently pursuing his MFA at SJSU. His large-scale photographic images create a close-up examination of things often overlooked, including discarded objects and a variety of botanical and natural subjects, particularly those in decay. His images explore aspects of the aging process and the beauty within.

In 2015, at the de Young Museum, he took Best of Show for photography in the exhibit, Divergence. Also in 2015, he was one of three winners in the student photography division in Creative Quarterly’s winter addition. He has exhibited his work at various galleries in San Jose and Santa Cruz, at Anne and Mark’s Art Party in San Jose, and San Jose City Hall.