ENDOCANNIBALISM + EXOCANNIBALISM
Screenprint on a thick, 110# matt poster board
53,3 × 67,6 cm
Edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
This screen print in part of a series of nine prints – all bold poems in the tradition of “Basic Text” poetry. One could look at these text based works as an extension of Ruby’s sculptural concerns, but critic Donatien Grau proposes another perspective, one that “evokes an almost synonymous word: the poetic (…) as a harmonious capture of a metaphysical moment, a moment of relation to transcendence, which is intensely experienced in its immanence.”
about Sterling Ruby
Sterling Ruby is known for the multifaceted nature of his practice, which encompasses painting, ceramics, collage, video and photography, textiles, sculpture and installations. Working in a wide range of media, from the traditional to the unconventional, Ruby has created an oeuvre that, while remarkably diverse, is firmly rooted within a complex and coherent artistic strategy.
Often drawing upon autobiographical, art historical or sociological sources, Ruby’s work is frequently referred to as ‘post-humanist – a term that broadly describes a society which, thanks in part to technological advancement, has evolved beyond fixed categories of being (e.g. time/place), or predetermining classifications (e.g. animal/human). The seemingly ‘incomprehensible’ visual range of Ruby’s practise thus embodies a schizophrenic, post-everything state of perpetual fragmentation and synthesis. A world in which, according to Ruby, ‘there is just too much information for anything to be coherent or whole.’ His practice involves a combination of philosophical enquiry and material investigation, the latter involving the seemingly endless repurposing, combining and recombining of different techniques and media. This too mirrors a shifting condition of constant deconstruction and reconfiguration, and the idea of a non-hierarchical, boundary-less universe.
(courtesy of Xavier Hufkens)