Xavier Hufkens

Sterling Ruby

SOFT WORK, 2014-2013
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Sterling Ruby uses a wide range of aesthetic strategies in his practice, from saturated, glossy, poured polyurethane sculptures, to drawings, collages, richly glazed ceramics, graffiti inspired spray paint paintings, and video. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty or splattered.


The artist has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies (particularly schizophrenia and paranoia), urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, punk, masculinity, violence, public art, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption. Even as his work deals with issues related to the violence and pressures within society, and art history, it also reflects his personal history. In all of his work, he vacillates between the fluid and static, the minimalist and expressionistic, the pristine and the defaced. His voracious cycling through materials and subject matter has given rise to recurring series and extended bodies of work.


Ruby’s work is collected by numerous international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Tate Modern, London. 


Sterling Ruby (b. 1972) lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2014 his work was included in the Whitney Biennial, the 10th Gwangju Biennale and the 9th Taipei Biennial. Major solo exhibitions include: STERLING RUBY, Baltimore Museum of Art, USA (2014), DROPPA BLOCKA, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium (2013), CHRON II, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (travelling exhibition, 2013), SOFT WORK, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland (travelling exhibition, 2012-2014) and SUPERMAX 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (2008). 


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ECLPSE (BGRB), 2015
Collage and paint on cardboard
282,6 × 304,8 cm | 111 1/4 × 120 inches

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ECLPSE (BGYRB), 2015
Collage and paint on cardboard
252,7 × 241,3 cm | 99 1/2 × 95 inches

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SCALE (5422) WB. GR. CAP., 2015
Steel, paint, cardboard, mixed media
543,6 × 449,6 × 342,9 cm | 214 × 177 × 135 inches

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SCALE (5398) WAPAK, 2015
Steel, paint, wood, mixed media
221 × 203,8 × 106,7 cm | 87 × 80 1/4 × 42 inches

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ACTS/CRPT MORAL, 2014
Clear urethane block, dye and formica
153,4 × 154,9 × 86,7 cm | 60 3/8 × 60 15/16 × 34 1/8 inches

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DRFTRS (5105), 2014
Paint, glue and collage on paper
50,5 × 35,2 × 3,8 cm | 19 7/8 × 13 7/8 × 1 1/2 inches

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SP278 (1) SP278 (2), 2014
Spray paint on synthetic canvas
2 x (243,8 × 213,4 × 5,1 cm | 96 × 84 × 2 inches)

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BC (5020), 2014
Fabric, glue, dyed canvas on panel
320 × 243,8 × 5,1 cm | 126 × 96 × 2 inches

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SOFT WORK, 2014-2013
fabric and fiber fill, rope, hardware
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VAMPIRE 140, 2014
Fabric and fiber fill
210,8 × 86,4 × 12,7 cm | 83 × 34 × 5 inches

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Nightstick, 2013
Powder coated stainless steel (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
91,4 × 91,4 × 609,6 cm | 36 × 36 × 240 inches

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Big Yellow Mama, 2013
Powder coated aluminum (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
243,8 × 142,2 × 142,2 cm | 96 × 56 × 56 inches

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STOVE, 2013
Stainless steel and bronze (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
548,6 × 127 × 141 cm | 216 × 50 × 55 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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EXHM (4112), 2012
Collage and urethane on cardboard
295,3 × 264,2 × 7,6 cm | 116 1/4 × 104 × 3 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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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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Basin Theology/Ephedra Expansion, 2012
Ceramic
33 × 99,1 × 99,1 cm | 13 × 39 × 39 inches

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Comfort (Profit), 2011
Ceramic
33 × 63,5 × 87,6 cm | 13 × 25 × 34 1/2 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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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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CDCR, 2011
PVC pipe, foam, urethane, wood, spray paint and formica
162,6 × 609,6 × 168,9 cm | 64 × 240 × 66 1/2 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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MS35-2937, 2010
Steel
66 × 68,5 × 76,2 cm | 26 × 27 × 30 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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Husbands/Sunburn P.O.P., 2010
Fabric, fiber fill, zippers, formica and wood
264,2 × 198,1 × 121,9 cm | 104 × 78 × 48 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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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

2015

Sterling Ruby
ECLPSE

2015

Sterling Ruby
SCALES

2011

Sterling Ruby
PAINTINGS

2010

Sterling Ruby
Metal Works

2009

Sterling Ruby
Sterling Ruby & Robert Mapplethorpe

Publications

Sterling Ruby, ECLPSE

includes a text by Natasha Garcia-Lomas
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2015
ISBN 978-94-91245-11-4 

Sterling Ruby, SCALES

includes a text by Sterling Ruby
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2015
ISBN 978-94-91245-12-1

Sterling Ruby, STERLING RUBY. SOFT WORK

includes a text by Julian Myers-Szupinska
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels and Sprüth Magers Berlin London - 2014
ISBN 978-38-63355-81-4

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