University of Oregon Department of Art – Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 177, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon 97403
Ruby Neri: “Ceramics”
In her sculptural practice, Ruby Neri embraces a broad spectrum of figuration, drawing upon idiosyncratic 20th century West Coast traditions as well as a global catalogue of art historical and anthropological modes. Over the course of the last two decades she has moved fluidly from one material to another, including plaster, metal, and paint, to generate highly personal works of emotional immediacy often focused on the representations of the female form. Highlighting the tactility of clay, she builds each sculpture’s curvaceous silhouette by hand, forming irregular walls and organic extensions. Her figurative airbrushed glazing, introduces lightness and improvisation to forms that otherwise display physical density and permanence, as well as recalls the street art she produced as a leading member of the San Francisco-based Mission School in the early 2000s and connects a 21st century urban art form to the archaic power of pre-historical wall-painting and object-making.
Ruby Neri (b. 1970, San Francisco) has participated in numerous exhibitions, including most recently Villa of Mysteries, Los Angeles Museum of Art (2016); Napa Valley Collects, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, California (2016); NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015); Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, Oakland Museum of California in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2014); The Oracle, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Energy That is All Around: Mission School, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and San Francisco Art Institute (2013-14); The Possible, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California (2014); Busted, High Line Art, New York (2013); and Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012). Neri lives and works in Los Angeles.