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Crumbling Castles
An Exhibition by Robert Aaron Rusch

on view NOVEMBER 6-28, 2020 / studio gallery

In these paintings the screen printing process offers time to avoid confrontation with building an image. My own recycled and remixed imagery acts as the formal impetus to push and pull against. Like an awkward lull in conversation, the printmaking process suspends the intensity of dealing with what is highly personal and uncomfortable in the quiet cadence of work.


Over the past two years, I’ve been creating an artist book produced in a combination of offset and risograph.

Investigating themes like helplessness, obsession, delirium, and humor, I use each page as a meditation on a rambling sense of self-reflection.

A section of the book presents a tongue-in-cheek advertisement catalog with merchandise using images from the book. It aims to reflect on the emotional labor that is involved in the creative process and the pressures of a society that values commercial success above all else. At once I’m disavowing the system I work within while also exploiting it.

Zine collector? Book lover? Art groupie? Buddy o’ mine? Consider pre-ordering my untitled and still un-materialized artist book. It will help me, at least for a little while, make more things.

The book will be completed and sent out early Spring 2021. When you order, you will be added to an email list with updates of progress photos, sent monthly until the project is finished!


My name is Robert Aaron Rusch. I am an artist currently working in Buffalo, New York. I received my BFA with an emphasis in Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. I had the opportunity to participate in exhibitions both locally and internationally. While continuing my practice in Buffalo, I co-founded an artist-run publication called, “Two Fold,” which showcases local creatives

Artwork for sale:

  • Bookbinding – Headband material, choose your color!

  • Bone Folder

  • Hardcover Bookbinding Kit – Makes 3 Books!

  • Book Arts Gift Certificate

  • Charles Bukowski Letterpress Print “Find What You Love and Let it Kill You”

  • Good Strong Words – Letterpress Print

  • Bookbinding Needles

  • Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys Letterpress Print

  • Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys Letterpress Print

  • Roald Dahl Letterpress Print

  • Try to be a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud Screen Print

  • Glass jar with gold lid, of Jade 403 PVA glue

    Jade PVA Bookbinding Glue