Sterling Ruby Presents SUNRISE SUNSET at Hauser & Wirth New York, 5/9
Possessed of a profound material sensibility, Sterling Ruby's art speaks in a language inspired by sub-cultural phenomena ranging from graffiti, urban gangs, and prison systems, to craft and the history of quilt making. Ruby's work, which encompasses nearly every medium, voraciously cycles through the autobiographical, the art historical, and the sociological, creating layers of reciprocal influence that radiate outward. He exploits tensions within aesthetic and societal systems, recreating and drawing our attention to repressive and liberated states.
Beginning May 9, 2014, Hauser & Wirth New York is pleased to present Sterling Ruby SUNRISE SUNSET, an exhibition of new works by the Los Angeles-based artist. Comprised of paintings, cardboard collages, fabric collages, tapestries, ceramics, a mobile, and sculptures in metals, Formica, urethane, and fabric, the exhibition will be on view through 25 July at the gallery's downtown space at 511 West 18th Street in West Chelsea.
Sterling Ruby's studio has been described as "an archive, a vessel" filled with a plethora of art objects and materials, including failures, successes, and pieces that offer the potential to be reclaimed and reanimated as new forms. The works on view inSUNRISE SUNSET represent the many modes of the artist's production but play upon a central motif: the tension that arises between the horizon lines of Ruby's monumental paintings, and the circular forms in primary colors that are found in his mobile, collages, and sculptures. These circles suggest celestial bodies - the rising sun, an orbiting moon. Ruby presents a personal cosmology; his work traces an existential timeline, the continual cycle of day into night, a day's production or a lifetime's, from birth to death. Here we find powerful forces in opposition, calibration, and suspension: literal and figurative, representational and abstract, East Coast and West Coast, the permanent and the fleeting, pathos and playfulness, glory and abjection.
About the Artist
Sterling Ruby lives and works in Los Angeles. He has recently held major solo exhibitions at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium (2013); Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Italy (2013); and the exhibition 'Soft Work', which commenced at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (2013) and travelled to Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2013), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, Frances (2012), Centre D'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2012). Major solo exhibitions also include 'Supermax 2008', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA (2008) and 'Chron', The Drawing Center, New York NY (2008). Running concurrently with his show at Hauser & Wirth, Ruby's work is also featured in a solo show at the Baltimore Museum of Art and in the Whitney Biennial 2014. His work will be featured in the Gwangju Biennial, the Taipei Biennial, and the exhibition 'The Los Angeles Project', at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
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