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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 (detail) Clear urethane block, dye, wood, and laminate, 67 × 175 ½ × 35 inches (170.2 × 445.8 × 88.9 cm)© Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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

Clear urethane block, dye, wood, and laminate, 67 × 175 ½ × 35 inches (170.2 × 445.8 × 88.9 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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