Galleria Emi Fontana presents Sterling Ruby

Emi Fontana

September 15, 2008


ZEN RIPPER – Galleria Emi Fontana, Milano
19 September – 10 November 2008

30 September 2008 – 8 February 2009

Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan and West of Rome, Pasadena are delighted to present Zen Ripper – Sterling Ruby’s second personal exhibition at Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan and Grid Ripper his first European museum solo-show at GAMeC, Bergamo.

On the occasion of the shows at Galleria Emi Fontana and GAMeC a survey catalogue will be published by JRP/Ringier with texts by Robert Hobbs, Jörg Heiser, Alessandro Rabottini, and a conversation between Sterling Ruby and Catherine Taft.

Working across disciplines, including drawing, photography, sculpture, video and performance, Ruby is concerned with the interstices between freedom and control, expression and silence, the individual and the communal.

The “Ripper” trilogy is a three-part exhibition that will be focused on sculpture and painting. The sculptural works are all large Formica geometric forms, which have been spray-painted in a vandalism-abstraction that contradicts the minimalist hard edge into something atmospheric. The paintings, also done in spray-paint take a similar stance; departing from recognizable urban graffiti they befall more in relation to depth through multiple layers of soft aerosol gestures.

Sterling Ruby (born in Bitburg, Germany in 1972) lives and works in Los Angeles. Since his first solo show at Galleria Emi Fontana in 2006 Ruby’s work has received international recognition. His work has been shown at prestigious institutions including the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2008); The Drawing Center, New York (2008); The Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art (2007); The California Biennial (2006); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2005/6); The Turin Triennial (2005/6); Aspen Art Museum (2005); Netherlands Media Art Institute/Montevideo, Amsterdam (2005).

A survey show is being hosted at MOCA Los Angeles until 16 September.

Galleria Emi Fontana is part of START, a project organized by all Milan art galleries. The opening will be on Friday, September 19th, from 12.00 a.m. Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st special opening from 12.00 a.m.

The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 am to 7.30 pm.
For further information: photos, etc., contact Alice Cannavà at +39 02 58306855

Galleria Emi Fontana
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