Ruff says that “I like to cut away or remove parts of pages so that there is a kind of conversation between what is printed on the page and what is removed – the positive and negative space are equally important.”
With one look at her exquisite artworks, the patterns seem to have been cut out with the aid of an assembly line cookie-cutter machine. Ruff hand-cuts each and every New York Times front page from the easily accessible page corners to the much more difficult internal nooks and crannies.
Her works create a different way to explore the paper, trying to decipher the story on the pages while stepping back to appreciate the intricate and elegant hand cut pieces.
The New York Times inspired and played an important role in another artwork, one that can be seen while visiting the influential newspaper. Since 2007, The New York Times building has been showcasing an expansive media art installation called “Movable Type” by artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin.
Five hundred and sixty identical vacuum fluorescent display screens are hung from multiple wires that stretch across two huge walls. The screens are synchronized displaying data from The New York Times historical databank, feedback from readers, and as well as up-to-the-minute breaking news.
In addition to The New York Times informing and entertaining readers since 1851, it inspires artists including Donna Ruff, Mark Hansen, and Ben Rubin to create timeless treasures of their own.