Sterling Ruby | the artist
The artist Sterling Ruby
Born 1972, Bitburg, Germany.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Multi-disciplinary artist who has become known for his richly glazed biomorphic ceramics, large-scale spray-painted canvases, poured urethane sculptures, various forms of collage, and video work.
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Who is Sterling Ruby?
In its 19th-century heyday, landscape painting put forward a human confrontation with the matter and appearance of the natural world. Sterling Rubys video, Landscape Annihilates Consciousness (2002), shows the practice as now deformed and inverted, determined instead to idealize and diffuse this material world, til it absolutely disappears on you…
Sterling Rubys three dimensional structures engage with traditional considerations of sculpture being inherently relative to the human body: things which occupy real space (rather than paintings illusionary space) are experienced physically. Measured against minimalisms hallowed purity of the object, where form is asserted on a conceptual level, Rubys Kiss Trap Kismet is a radical convergence of the sublime and abject. Presented as a towering arch, Kiss Trap Kismet poses object as organism primal, totemic, exuding a raw, animal power in its visceral aesthetic. Mounted on a graffitied plinth, Rubys sculpture teeters between instinctive revulsion and stounding beauty, drawing reference to contemporary ritual, aggression, and urban experience…
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