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Post-anxiety, post-cynicism, post-transgression, post-depression, post-war, post-law, post-gender, etc., etc., etc. For me it seems fitting to the purpose that all of this baggage is the reason we have to be post-humanist.

——Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses painting, ceramics, collage, video, photography, textiles, sculpture and installations. Born in 1972 on an American Air Force Base in Bitburg, Germany, Ruby worked in construction before entering art school, a skill that later would inform his work. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he worked as Mike Kelley’s teaching assistant and took classes from Semiotext(e) founder and theorist Sylvère Lotringer.

Ruby’s work engages with issues related to the violence and pressure within society, vandalism, urban demarcation, autobiography and art history, and addresses the conflict between individual desire and social structure, and the influence of institutional architecture, both literal and figurative, on human behavior and psychology. The artist has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies (particularly schizophrenia and paranoia), urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, punk, masculinity, violence, public art, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered.

Ruby’s work is in international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London.


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