Sterling Ruby “Vert”

Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

poster for Sterling Ruby  “Vert”
[Image: Sterling Ruby, "VERT. BUSH DAI DAI.", 2018, acrylic, oil and cardboard on canvas, painting: 61 x 48.3 x 3.8 cm / framed: 65.1 x 52.4 x 6.7 cm. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy Sterling Ruby Studio]

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The Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby presents a selection of new oil paintings featuring evocative and jarring color palettes of red, orange and yellow, cerulean blues, greens and browns, set against frosty whites and charred blacks. Fingerprints and brushstrokes are visible, obsessive gestures and the thick application of oil paint veer into the obsessive, the unbalanced, set against collaged cardboard and fabric bands that are layered onto the works.

The stark yet poetic titles include abbreviations: CRSS for Cross, WIDW. for Window, VERT. for Vertical. These titles address the graphic collage elements that bisect the paintings creating sections or quadrants. They allude at recurrent themes in the artist’s work: horizons, grids, flags, prison bars, and in this series especially, windows. They suggest the panes of a window where the vantage point is unclear. Are we looking out or looking in? The title CRSS. UMBRA VITAE makes reference to the apocalyptic poem of celestial visions and dark musings written by George Heym describing the world of 1912 on the brink of a precipice. WIDW. MAZATEC. depicts a sky ablaze, while VERT.BOW. includes the rainbow that follows the storm. Presenting foreboding visions of an uncertain future, these psychological landscapes, bifurcated between interior and exterior, ultimately seek oneness, wholeness, reintegration.

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from March 23, 2018 to April 21, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-03-23 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Sterling Ruby

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