Review ~ Sterling Ruby

sterling ruby_by kevin todora
sterling ruby_by kevin todora

Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby: Sculpture
Nasher Sculpture Center [link]
Dallas

published on EUTOPIA: Contemporary Art Review [link]

Totems and tombstones, massive monuments preserved under rich, goopy surfaces: it is monstrous modernism made casual plaything. Scrawled epitaphs mar the surface subverting the potentially grand, ethotic universal message into simplistic mantras. This coifed contempt –decades of epic expenditures undercut with blasé rebellion— promotes a youthful, nihilistic impulse targeting the forms of the father as the punching bag worth striking.

On this stage, exhaustively packed with works enacting heroic libidinal disillusionment, insight is asphyxiated by hubris. It reflects Ruby’s contention: excessive Oedipal angst is sexy, “rebellion” is for purchase, and a capitalist hegemony is beyond irony.

Ryder Richards

images courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center, by Kevin Todora

sterling ruby_by kevin todora
sterling ruby_by kevin todora
sterling ruby_by kevin todora
sterling ruby_by kevin todora
sterling ruby_by kevin todora

Writing by Ryder

By Ryder

Ryder Richards is a Dallas based artist, writer, educator, freelance curator, and collaborator.