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Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Sprites’ by Rutene Merk at Downs & Ross gallery, New York

sprite
/sprīt/

noun
noun: sprite; plural noun: sprites

1) an elf or fairy.
synonyms: fairy, elf, pixie, imp, brownie, puck, peri, goblin, hobgoblin, kelpie, leprechaun, dryad, sylph, naiad; literary faerie, fay; rare hob, nix, nixie, elfin

2) a computer graphic which may be moved on-screen and otherwise manipulated as a single entity.

3) a faint flash, typically red, sometimes emitted in the upper atmosphere over a thunderstorm owing to the collision of high-energy electrons with air molecules.

Origin
Middle English: alteration of sprit, a contraction of spirit

Rutene Merk (b. 1991, Vilnius; lives and works in Munich) received her arts education at Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich; Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh; and the Vilnius Art Academy, Vilnius. Exhibitions: Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg (upcoming); Kunstverein München, Munich; Rupert, Vilnius; Vent Gallery, Vienna; Editorial, Vilnius; CAC Vilnius; 427 Gallery, Riga; Vartai Gallery, Vilnius; Art Hall Tallinn, Talinn; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö.

Rutene Merk. Sprites
Apr 28 – Jun 02, 2019
Downs & Ross
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Rutene Merk, Scribe, 2019. Oil on canvas, 17.5 × 15.5 inches / 45 × 40 cm

Exhibition view of Rutene Merk: Sprites, 2019. Downs & Ross, New York.

Rutene Merk, Kamea, 2019. Oil on canvas, 69 × 58.6 inches / 175 × 149 cm

Exhibition view of Rutene Merk: Sprites, 2019. Downs & Ross, New York.

Rutene Merk, Cosmolite, 2019. Oil on canvas, 40 × 23.5 inches / 86 × 60 cm

Exhibition view of Rutene Merk: Sprites, 2019. Downs & Ross, New York.

Rutene Merk, David at Night, 2018. Oil on canvas, 55.5 × 35.5 inches / 141 × 90 cm

Rutene Merk, Danni, 2019. Oil on canvas, 32.5 × 53 inches / 83 × 135 cm

Exhibition view of Rutene Merk: Sprites, 2019. Downs & Ross, New York.

Rutene Merk, Cameo, 2019. Oil on canvas, 67.7 × 51.6 inches / 172 × 131 cm

Exhibition view of Rutene Merk: Sprites, 2019. Downs & Ross, New York.

Rutene Merk, Lotte, 2019. Oil on canvas, 35 × 54 inches / 90 × 139 cm

Rutene Merk, Aki, 2019. Oil on canvas, 55 × 63 inches / 140 × 161 cm

Rutene Merk, David, 2019. Oil on canvas, 51 × 45 inches / 130 × 115 cm

Exhibition view of Rutene Merk: Sprites, 2019. Downs & Ross, New York.