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Sterling Ruby

ACTS + TABLE

October 2–December 14, 2019
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER) (2019) Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER) (2019)

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/OSIRIS-REx, 2016 Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅛ × 35 inches (168.9 × 444.8 × 88.9 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/OSIRIS-REx, 2016

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅛ × 35 inches (168.9 × 444.8 × 88.9 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/OSIRIS-REx, 2016 (detail) Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅛ × 35 inches (168.9 × 444.8 × 88.9 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/OSIRIS-REx, 2016 (detail)

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅛ × 35 inches (168.9 × 444.8 × 88.9 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/PROXIMA, 2018 Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ½ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.8 × 89.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/PROXIMA, 2018

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ½ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.8 × 89.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/PROXIMA, 2018 (detail) Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ½ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.8 × 89.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/PROXIMA, 2018 (detail)

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ½ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.8 × 89.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/PRAYING MANTLE, 2015 Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 174 ⅛ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 442.3 × 89.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/PRAYING MANTLE, 2015

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 174 ⅛ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 442.3 × 89.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/ROBITUSSIN, 2016 Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅜ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.5 × 89.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/ROBITUSSIN, 2016

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅜ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.5 × 89.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/ROBITUSSIN, 2016 (detail) Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅜ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.5 × 89.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/ROBITUSSIN, 2016 (detail)

Clear urethane blocks, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 66 ½ × 175 ⅜ × 35 ⅛ inches (168.9 × 445.5 × 89.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER), 2019 Cast iron, brass, and steel, 66 × 348 × 56 inches (167.6 × 883.9 × 142.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER), 2019

Cast iron, brass, and steel, 66 × 348 × 56 inches (167.6 × 883.9 × 142.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER), 2019 (detail) Cast iron, brass, and steel, 66 × 348 × 56 inches (167.6 × 883.9 × 142.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER), 2019 (detail)

Cast iron, brass, and steel, 66 × 348 × 56 inches (167.6 × 883.9 × 142.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER), 2019 (detail) Cast iron, brass, and steel, 66 × 348 × 56 inches (167.6 × 883.9 × 142.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Sterling Ruby, TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER), 2019 (detail)

Cast iron, brass, and steel, 66 × 348 × 56 inches (167.6 × 883.9 × 142.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

About

I use many different media as a kind of schizophrenic labor strategy. It seems very easy now to say it, but it has taken me years to convey that this scattered routine belongs within a coherent trajectory. . . . There is a lineage that links everything that I do together.
—Sterling Ruby

Gagosian is pleased to present sculptures by Sterling Ruby at Britannia Street. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery in London. On view will be works from two series, ACTS (2006–18) and TABLES (2015–19).

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. ACTS + TABLE lays out Ruby’s critique of the authoritarian, exclusionary ideological underpinnings of Minimalism. He begins with familiar shapes valued by the Minimalists—simple tables and rectilinear blocks—but subverts them by defacing their smooth surfaces and exposing their physical means of production.

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Installation view, Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, October 2–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Tour

Sterling Ruby
ACTS + TABLE

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:15pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Join Gagosian for a tour of Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, currently on view at Britannia Street, London, led by Serena Cattaneo Adorno, Gagosian director, and Alessandro Rabottini, director of Miart, International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art. The works in the show lay out Ruby’s critique of the authoritarian, exclusionary ideological underpinnings of Minimalism. He begins with familiar shapes valued by the Minimalists—simple tables and rectilinear blocks—but subverts them by defacing their smooth surfaces and exposing their physical means of production. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact londontours@gagosian.com

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, October 2–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins