I live in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and my studio is in downtown Los Angeles. My daily routine of driving back and forth is always a contemplative time. On these drives I often witness extremely vivid and colorful sunrises and sunsets, yielding horizon lines that transform the urban sprawl into a meditative celestial plane.
Gagosian Hong Kong is pleased to present “VIVIDS,” an exhibition of new spray paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby. This is Ruby’s first exhibition with the gallery.
Ruby engages a wide range of aesthetic strategies and mediums—glossy and color-saturated poured-polyurethane sculptures, drawings, collages, richly glazed ceramics, graffiti-inspired spray paintings, and video—maintaining a constant tension within a multitude of elements. His work engages with issues related to the violence and pressures within society, autobiography, and art history. Throughout he vacillates between fluid and static, minimalist and expressionist, pristine and dirty. Of the diverse forms that constitute his oeuvre the paintings are the most formally abstract. Ruby has long been influenced by the sociological implications of urban demarcation, vandalism, and the power struggles of gang graffiti. In his paintings, acts of defacement are transformed into a painterly sublime.
VIVIDS is a new suite of spray paintings in a vibrant, fluorescent pink palette. The resulting electric color fields are Ruby's ruminations on the shifting, multi-hued Los Angeles skies that he encounters en route to his studio. He engages the horizon as his subject using an approximate and speedy medium befitting the gritty urban context, fixing sprays into multiple dimensions alla prima, without pausing for touch-ups or to catch drips. Undelineated forms merge with hazy backgrounds and atmospheric magenta layers, producing meditations of uncontained voltage on an ever-shifting horizon line, which asserts its radiant presence beyond the physical picture plane.
Sterling Ruby was born on an American air force base in Bitburg, Germany in 1972, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Public collections include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London. Solo exhibitions include “CHRON,” The Drawing Center, New York (2008); “SUPERMAX 2008,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2008); “Grid Ripper,” Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2008-09); “SOFT WORK,” Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2012, traveled to FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome); “CHRON II,” Fondazione MEMMO, Rome (2013, traveled to Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany); “Droppa Blocka,” Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium (2013); and “Sterling Ruby,” Baltimore Museum of Art (2014). Ruby’s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Ruby will be featured in “The Los Angeles Project” at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); “Taipei Biennial 2014” at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2014); and “Gwangju Biennale 2014: Burning Down the House,” Gwangju (2014).
斯達林‧魯比1972年生於德國比特堡美國空軍基地，現於洛杉磯居住及從事藝術創作。他的作品被多間藝術館收藏，包括紐約所羅門‧R‧古根漢美術館、紐約惠特尼美國藝術博物館、芝加哥當代美術館、北邁阿密當代美術館、洛杉磯當代美術館、洛杉磯郡立美術館、紐約現代藝術博物館、三藩市現代美術館、蒙特利爾美術館、斯德哥爾摩當代美術館、巴黎龐畢度中心及倫敦泰特現代藝術館。他亦曾舉行多場個展，包括紐約繪畫中心「CHRON」展覽(2008年)、洛杉磯當代美術館「SUPERMAX 2008」展覽(2008年)、意大利貝加莫現代及當代藝術館「Grid Ripper」展覽(2009年)、日內瓦當代藝術中心「SOFT WORK」展覽(2012年，其後巡展至法國蘭斯香檳-艾登區當代藝術收藏（le FRAC Champagne-Ardenne）、斯德哥爾摩邦尼爾美術館及羅馬當代藝術博物館)、羅馬Fondazione MEMMO「CHRON II」展覽(2013年，其後巡展至德國美因茨藝術館)、比利時根特東特‧丹那博物館「Droppa Blocka」展覽(2013年)，以及巴爾的摩藝術博物館「Sterling Ruby」(2014年)，其作品亦於2014年惠特尼雙年展中展出。
魯比將會參與北京尤倫斯當代藝術中心大型群展「洛杉磯計劃」(2014年)、臺北市立美術館｢2014臺北雙年展｣(2014年)，以及第十屆光州雙年展「Burning Down the House」(2014年)。
Sterling Ruby: The Frenetic Beat
Ester Coen meditates on the dynamism of Sterling Ruby’s recent projects, tracing parallels between these works and the histories of Futurism, Constructivism, and the avant-garde.
Sterling Ruby: TURBINES
Join Sterling Ruby in his Los Angeles studio as he works on new abstract paintings ahead of his exhibition TURBINES at Gagosian in New York.
Augurs of Spring
As spring approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, Sydney Stutterheim reflects on the iconography and symbolism of the season in art both past and present.
Sterling Ruby: Disjointed Monuments to Nothing
Alessandro Rabottini investigates the theoretical and formal underpinnings of Sterling Ruby’s career through the lens of the artist’s series ACTS.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019
The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.
An exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, is raising funds to aid in the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris following the devastating fire of April 2019. Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Jean-Olivier Després spoke to Jennifer Knox White about the generous response of artists and others, and what the restoration of this iconic structure means across the world.
Extended through February 19, 2022
November 20, 2021–February 19, 2022