Borrowing from the tradition of the American Studio Crafts Movement, John Rudel’s latest efforts focus on intense interaction with materials rather than specific content, placing the act of making above all other concerns. Using mostly found objects, basic in their shape, Rudel begins the process of applying paint layer upon layer and then sanding to reveal an “archeology of color.” According to Rudel, “this process allows for chance combinations to enrich the overall tonality of the forms.” Works composed of more than one form are then brought together, resulting in relationships which have emerged from the process without preconception. By allowing chance to dictate much of the overall process, Rudel was able to achieve his goal of “keeping it simple.”