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Sterling Ruby

Basin Theology / Elliptic Umbilic

Artist

Sterling Ruby
Born in Bitburg, Germany, in 1972

Title

Basin Theology / Elliptic Umbilic

Date

2013

Materials

Partially glazed earthenware

Dimensions

53 cm (h.), 110 cm (diam.)

Credits

Purchase, gift of Lynn Factor and Sheldon Inwentash, inv. 2014.2

Collection

International Contemporary Art

Encompassing a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, textile installation and ceramics, Ruby’s protean work offers an apocalyptic vision of the world. Basin Theology/Elliptic Umbilic is from Ruby’s “Basin Theology” series, which, as its title suggests, is composed of ceramic vessels resembling excavation sites or the results of some powerful telluric current. These pieces often include recycled fragments of damaged works. Ruby’s ceramics are influenced by the California Craft Movement that flourished during the 1960s and 1970s, but also by the “hot lava” works made by German ceramists during the same period.

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