Sterling Ruby Disintegrating Identities
Morph into One Solid Rainbow
22 January 2004 - 28 February 2004
Sterling Ruby, 2004, installation view, Foxy Production, New York
Sterling Ruby, 2004, installation view, Foxy Production, New York

Foxy Production presents Disintegrating Identities Morph into One Solid Rainbow, the first New York solo exhibition of LA-based artist, STERLING RUBY. Ruby probes the amorphous nature of marginal environments and activities. Materials and gestures mark sites of violence, sex and drug-use, forming a charged exhibition of risk and rapture.

Ruby’s work is fuelled by an exciting visual fluidity and emotional intensity that slices through popular culture, art history, psychology and politics with a raw and daring vision. Disintegrating Identities combines sculpture, video, drawing and photography to explore transient substances, spaces and psychologies. Creating an unruly visceral space, spray painted plywood walls act as a backdrop to a sculptural web of platted hair extensions, dyed latex, wool, and glazed ceramics. In the video, Transient, Ruby suspensefully explores corporeal dissolution and abjection: Survivalist rituals performed in LA’s wastelands are inter-cut with dreamy pans of a ceramic sculpture, while a disturbing voice tells of being kidnapped as a child and how the experience has informed a surreal state of mind. In a series of drawings using found photographs, nail polish and pencil, Ruby morphs depth and surface: the geometric disintegrates into the organic and signifiers of desire leave residues of violence and deterioration. Two large photographs evoke a monstrous and beautiful fragility: in Bed of John, tarred sandbags form a wound-like cavity adjacent to a cindered trash bin, while in Spectrum Tree, an isolated vandalized tree is embedded in a hallucinogenic landscape.