SUNRISE SUNSET | Sterling Ruby

Hauser & Wirth, New York

In NYC? Well worth checking out Sterling Ruby exhibition entitled SUNRISE SUNSET  Sterling Ruby lives and works in Los Angeles. He has recently held major solo exhibitions at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2013); Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Italy (2013); and the exhibition ‘Soft Work’, which commenced at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (2013) and travelled to Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2013), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, Frances (2012), Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2012). Major solo exhibitions also include ‘Supermax 2008’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA (2008) and ‘Chron’, The Drawing Center, New York NY (2008). Running concurrently with his show at Hauser & Wirth, Ruby’s work is also featured in a solo show at the Baltimore Museum of Art and in the Whitney Biennial 2014. His work will be featured in the Gwangju Bienniale, the Taipei Biennial, and the exhibition ‘The Los Angeles Project’, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. The Exhibition Sterling Ruby’s studio has been described as ‘an archive, a vessel’ filled with a plethora of art objects and materials, including failures, successes, and pieces that offer the potential to be reclaimed and reanimated as new forms. The works on view in ‘SUNRISE SUNSET’ represent the many modes of the artist’s production but play upon a central motif: a tension between the horizon lines of the artist’s monumental paintings, and the circular forms in primary colours that are found in a mobile, the collages, and sculptures. These circles suggest celestial bodies – the rising sun, an orbiting moon. Ruby presents a personal cosmology; his work traces an existential timeline, the continual cycle of day into night, a day’s production or a lifetime’s, from birth to death. Here we find powerful forces in opposition, calibration, and suspension: literal and figurative, representational and abstract, East Coast and West Coast, the permanent and the fleeting, pathos and playfulness, glory and abjection. More information: