September 17–October 29, 2016
For Sterling Ruby’s second solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Berlin, he presents works from his SCALES series of mobile sculptures – conceived for the first time as a single installation.
Sterling Ruby’s output across a diverse range of media can be measured as a fine balance between chaos and order. Manifesting his coherent artistic vision in painting, sculpture, video, photography, ceramics, textiles and, more recently, clothing, Ruby embarks upon investigations into the material and intellectual fabric of contemporary society.
These new mobile sculptures, titled SCALES, are three-dimensional versions of recent collages and are executed on a similar scale to his murals, textiles, and paintings. However, they can be seen as more akin to his amorphous, stuffed soft works in the way that they occupy space. The title of the series alludes to the idea of balance and weight that refers, in turn, to the laws of equilibrium, and conjures the mystical symbol of Libra in astrology.