Sterling Ruby

In an oeuvre spanning sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, video, and garments, Ruby continually returns to themes of societal and art historical friction, generating feelings of anxiety and agitation by contrasting clean lines and recognizable objects with coarse and uncanny forms.

Gagosian, 2019

Through the use of contrasting mediums, techniques, and textures, Ruby explores the tensions between fluidity and stasis, Expression and Minimalism as well as, the abject and the pristine. Acts of defacement can produce a painterly sublime, as seen in his textured works. The contrast of colour is empowered further by the materials used within the sculptural and painting works. A dribble or scrape across the clear surface could completely alter the serenity and stillness of the work.

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