Xavier Hufkens

Sterling Ruby

Monument Stalagmite/Everyday Carry, 2012
PVC pipe, foam, urethane, wood, spray paint and formica
541 × 101,6 × 160 cm | 213 × 40 × 63 inches
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Sterling Ruby’s studio-based practice is multifaceted and he makes installations, works in ceramic, poured urethane sculptures, spray-painted canvases and also collages, videos, and nail polish drawings. His works are the expressions of his interests in process, materials, psychology, urban culture, industry, American society and the 1980s punk movement, but also in geology and artefacts. Ruby’s interdisciplinary works act as formally charged markers and allegories for the burdens that plague contemporary existence. They channel the conflicts between individual impulses and mechanisms of social control, American domination and decline, an engagement with irrationality and dysfunctional psychology, and its end result in upheaval. Ruby often exploits abject or marginalised subject matter to breach preformed dichotomies such as liberation and repression, conformity and marginality, passivity and aggression. Rather like Richard Hawkins and Mike Kelley, Ruby rejects the rigidity of Minimal Art and describes his art as the exploration of the “truncation of gesture, a kind of malleability that got frozen.” Sterling Ruby regularly collaborates with the designer Raf Simons.

 

Major solo exhibitions include Supermax, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Pacific Design Center, and Chron, The Drawing Center, New York, both in 2008. His first collaboration with Xavier Hufkens was a curatorial project entitled Sterling Ruby / Robert Mapplethorpe in 2009.

 

Sterling Ruby was born in Bitburg, Germany, in 1972.  He lives and works in Los Angeles.


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DOG, 2013
bronze (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
8,4 × 21,9 × 46 cm | 3 5/16 × 8 5/8 × 18 1/8 inches

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BC (4298), 2013
collage, paint, bleach, glue, fabric on wood
320 × 243,8 × 5,1 cm | 126 × 96 × 2 inches

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EXHM (4279), 2013
Collage and urethane on cardboard
88,9 × 135,9 × 6,3 cm | 35 × 53 1/2 × 2 1/2 inches

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EXHM (4114), 2012
Collage and urethane on cardboard
332,7 × 260,4 × 7,6 cm | 131 × 102 1/2 × 3 inches

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DRFTRS (4128), 2012
collage and paint on paper
47,6 × 57,1 × 3,8 cm | 18 3/4 × 22 1/2 × 1 1/2 inches

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STOVE 2, 2012
bronze, paint (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
157,2 × 36,2 × 45,1 cm | 61 7/8 × 14 1/4 × 17 3/4 inches

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CMP (3751), 2012
Ceramic
12,7 × 30,5 × 58,4 cm | 5 × 12 × 22 3/8 inches

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Monument Stalagmite/Everyday Carry, 2012
PVC pipe, foam, urethane, wood, spray paint and formica
541 × 101,6 × 160 cm | 213 × 40 × 63 inches

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BC (3626), 2012
Collage, paint, bleach, glue, fabric on wood
320 × 243,8 × 5,1 cm | 126 × 96 × 2 inches

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BC (3632), 2011
Collage, paint, bleach, glue, fabric on wood
86,4 × 66 × 3,8 cm | 34 × 26 × 1 1/2 inches

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Double Vampire 6, 2011
Fabric and fiber fill
330,2 × 393,7 × 17,8 cm | 130 × 155 × 7 inches

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M†S/BD, 2012
Fiberglass drop, paint, pedestal
213,4 × 48,3 × 48,3 cm | 84 × 19 × 19 inches

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ACTS/SCRATCH CBe, 2011
Urethane block, dye, wood and formica
153,7 × 158,8 × 86,4 cm | 60 1/2 × 62 1/2 × 34 inches

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Bad Moon Rising, 2011
PVC pipe, foam, urethane, wood, spray paint and formica
271,8 × 247,7 × 91,8 cm | 107 × 97 1/2 × 36 1/8 inches

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Basin Theology/HIDSC, 2011
Ceramic
21,6 × 96,5 × 94 cm | 8 1/2 × 38 × 37 inches

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Basin Theology 3, 2010
Ceramic
25,4 × 59,7 × 59,1 cm | 10 × 23 1/2 × 23 1/4 inches

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SP144, 2010
Spray paint on canvas
243,8 × 213,4 × 5 cm | 96 × 84 × 2 inches

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SP102, 2010
Spray paint on canvas
317,5 × 469,9 × 5,1 cm | 125 × 185 × 2 inches

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Exhumation Standing, 2010
bronze (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
264,2 × 109,2 × 86,4 cm | 104 × 43 × 34 inches

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Alabaster SR10-23, 2010
Acrylic
174 × 174 cm | 68 1/2 × 68 1/2 inches

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MS16-2883, 2010
Steel, spraypaint
27 × 15,2 × 266,5 cm | 10 5/8 × 6 × 104 7/8 inches

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Headless Dick/Mapplethorpe, 2009
Wood, spray paint
390 × 443 × 122 cm | 153 1/2 × 174 3/8 × 48 inches

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ACTS/Bounty Hunta, 2009
Formica, wood, spray paint and 2 urethane blocks
108 × 221 × 121,7 cm | 42 1/2 × 87 × 47 7/8 inches

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Exhibitions

2011

Sterling Ruby
PAINTINGS

2010

Sterling Ruby
Metal Works

2009

Sterling Ruby
Sterling Ruby & Robert Mapplethorpe

Publications

Sterling Ruby, PAINTINGS

includes a text by Sterling Ruby
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2011
ISBN 978-94-91245-00-8

Sterling Ruby, Sterling Ruby/Robert Mapplethorpe

includes exhibition notes by Sterling Ruby and an essay by Ed Schad
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2010
ISBN 978-90-81291-29-3