ACTS, which is short of Absolute Contempt for Total Serenity, is a series that utilities cool, clean surfaces with institutional overtones. For these works Ruby captures liquid dye inside clear urethane, which are then displayed on defaced Formica bases. His TABLES series of works Ruby attached jutting metal pipes, faucets and frying pans to welding tables, and covered them with great lumpen blobs of solder. In doing so, he draws attention to the industrial processes behind the furniture’s use and manufacture.
‘I use many different media as a kind of schizophrenic labour strategy,’ Ruby says of his work. ‘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.’
|What||Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE exhibition, Gagosian|
|Where||Gagosian Britannia Street, 6-24 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
02 Oct 19 – 14 Dec 19, Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm
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