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Sterling Ruby: Soft Work / Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève / Nuit des Bains

Three times a year the association Quartier des Bains in Geneva, Switzerland organizes the so called “Nuits des Bains”. The galleries of the main gallery district in Geneva present their new exhibitions, while the member institutions are open. On the occasion of the first of three “Nuits des Bains” that take place on the third Thursday in March, May and September each year, VernissageTV had a look some of the exhibitions and documented four of them.

The first is Sterling Ruby’s show Soft Work at the Centre d’Art Contemporain. For his solo show in Geneva, Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby decided to focus on one specific body of work from his multifaceted practice, the “soft sculptures”. The entire gallery space is filled with stuffed fabric objects, hanging from the ceiling and lying on the floor. The site-specific installation is titled SW SET 1.

The Quartier des Bains Association was founded in 2005. In the 1990s, the first galleries opened their spaces in an industrial area around Geneva’s rue des Bains. Today, the Quartier des Bains Association consists of 14 galleries and 4 institutions: Galerie Analix Forever, Art & Public, Blancpain Art Contemporain, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Galerie Patrick Cramer, Jancou, Patricia Low Contemporary, Mitterrand + Cramer, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Ribordy Contemporary, SAKS, Skopia (P-H Jaccaud), TMproject, Xippas Art Contemporain, Mamco (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Centre de la photographie Genève, and Médiathèque FMAC. In addition to the “Nuits des Bains”, the Quartier des Bains also runs a competition for a public art intervention. The competition is open to artists invited by the association’s members, the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD), and the Quartier des Bains partners. The artists design banners and flags that are shown in the streets of Geneva and on Geneva’s Mont-Blanc Bridge. This year, Jonathan Monk won the prize. Previous winners were: Sam Samore, Fabrice Gygi, Ryan Gander, Gianni Motti, Das Institut, and Président Vertut. Finally there’s also the Quartier des Bains’ so called “Nocturne” that take place on April 4, and June 6 this year.

Sterling Ruby: Soft Work / Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève / Nuit des Bains. Geneva / Switzerland, March 15, 2012.

PS: See also: Sterling Ruby: I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE… at Sprth Magers Berlin.

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VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 17

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 17, June 2011.

The 17th issue of VernissageTV’s pdf magazine takes you to Cologne, Amsterdam, Berlin, Basel, Zrich and Venice. Special contributions are by Nicolas Smirnoff who writes about Fashion and Art (Art is Fashion is Art is…), and Lee Sharrock who writes about the crazy preview days of the Venice Biennale (Biennale Bedlam, the article is online at FAD website).

Artists in this issue: Michel Verjux, Sterling Ruby, Yto Barrada, David Hare, Arman, Constantin Brancusi, and Richard Serra.

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Sterling Ruby: I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE… at Sprth Magers Berlin

I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE I CAN BE EXPLODED ANYTIME is the title of a new installation, the Los Angeles based artist Sterling Ruby is currently presenting at the gallery Sprth Magers in Berlin.

Regular viewers of our program will know the work of Sterling Ruby, as VernissageTV covered several group shows the artist was participating in: Abstract America at Saatchi Gallery, London; Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon; Misericordia at Prism, Los Angeles; and Art 40 Basel Art Unlimited, Basel.

Sterling Ruby’s show at Sprth Magers Berlin features a large number of works including paintings, collages, and sculptures.The title of the exhibition, I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE I CAN BE EXPLODED ANYTIME, takes its name from a painting that Jenny Holzer and the graffiti artist Lady Pink created collaboratively in 1983.

Sterling Ruby was born in Bitburg, Germany. He studied at the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

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Sterling Ruby: I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE I CAN BE EXPLODED ANYTIME at Sprth Magers Berlin. Opening reception, April 7, 2011.

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Portugal Arte 10: Public Art Projects in Downtown Lisbon

The cornerstone of Portugal Arte 10 EDP is a series of public art projects that are installed throughout downtown Lisbon. Three distinct areas, Chiado, Baixa, and Avenida Liberdade, host these works. Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of JohnstonMarkLee architectural firm were instrumental in examining these areas defining characteristics and placing the works of art in ways which either reinforce the urban condition, or challenges it by creating a new way of experiencing a neighborhood.

Among the artworks on display are Temple by Faile; untitled works by Sterling Ruby; Grid Ripper, Aluminum Box and Bronze Canon by Sterling Ruby; Point of View by Ivan Capote; Eggs by Martha Freidman; Bench by Jim Drain; and Burghers of Calais by Nathan Mabry.

In this video, Artistic Director Stefan Simchowitz talks about the the public art projects of Portugal Arte 10 and how the people in the streets reacted to the works.

See also: Portugal Arte 10 / International Survey of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, Portugal and Artist Collective FAILE’s Temple at Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon.

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Portugal Arte 10, Public Art Projects. July 16-18, 2010.

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Art 40 Basel 2009 / Art Unlimited Preview / Part 1/2

This year’s Art Unlimited exhibition of the international art fair Art 40 Basel in Basel, Switzerland, marks the tenth edition of Art Basel’s sector for large sculptures, and installation and video art. In the first part of our exhibition walkthrough we have a look at works by Elisabetta Benassi, Yoshitomo Nara, Beat Zoderer, Sislej Xhafa, Ayse Erkmen, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Fabrice Gygi, Surdashan Shetty, Farhad Moshiri, Jesús Fafael Soto, Sterling Ruby, Laurence Weiner, Franz Erhard Walter, Steven Shearer, Nedko Solakov, :Mentalklinik, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Stephan Balkenhol, and Matthew Day Jackson.

Art 40 Basel, Art Unlimited sector. Impressions from the preview. Basel, June 8, 2009.

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