Brie Ruais, Unfolding (Liquid Color), (Artist’s body weight in clay spread out in all directions), 2011, stained blue, yellow and green clay, white and brown stoneware, clear glaze, 65 x 60 x 1 inches, 165.1 x 152.4 x 2.5 centimeters
May 7—July 3, 2013
Nicole Cherubini • Francesca DiMattio
Brie Ruais • Beverly Semmes • Betty Woodman
The Hort is pleased to present Vessels, a group exhibition of recent works by five NY-based ceramic sculptors, ranging from emerging to the firmly established.
The artists are influenced by traditional ceramic objects, from storage vessels, to pots and planters, to vases, but use the medium to defy prevailing associations with decoration and utility.
From Brie Ruais' sculptural performances to Nicole Cherubini’s pot assemblages, each artist in Vessels finds unique ways to mold clay to successfully evoke and challenge ceramic convention to examine entangled issues of body, function, craft, domesticity, and beauty.
For additional information, please contact Chris Murtha, Director of Exhibitions, at 212.757.0915 x121 or email@example.com.
The New York Times
June 20, 2013
Nothing in “Vessels,” at the Horticultural Society of New York’s quiet little gallery in the garment district, looks as if it could actually hold a plant. That’s a compliment, as far as the show’s five ceramics artists are concerned; they make sculptures, not mere receptacles.
THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor May 7–July 3
Perhaps the most extreme cycle of transformation occurs in the juxtaposition of Brie Ruais’s two works. Her video, Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner (Big Push in a New Space). March 26, 2012. 10:15 PM–10:58 PM, 2012, shows the artist slamming her body into hundreds of pounds of clay as she slowly pushes it up the crease of a wall. An earlier product of this process, Unfolding (Liquid Color), 2011, is hung nearby—a starburst of the artist’s body weight in clay, spread out, flecked with blue, yellow, and green, and cut into sections hung infinitely close together. One might imagine the universe beginning, and maybe ending, in such a way.
Interstate Projects Where The Sun Don’t Shine
“Where The Sun Don’t Shine”
Brooklyn’s Interstate Projects offers an alluring alternative to the Manhattan summer of trotting around Chelsea in a Tennessee Williams–style saturated daze. On view at this Buschwick is “6<<<>>>6,” a project consisting of three installments over the June and July in which six curators program three different shows. “Where the Sun Don’t Shine,” the current iteration and second wave of the project, is curated by the talented Brooklyn gallery collective 247365 and presents five young female artists––Elizabeth Jaeger, Julia Sherman, Heather Guertin, Brie Ruais, and Meredith James––confronting feminism and self-representation. All steer clear from the reductive trappings that have run alongside decades of identity politics, instead making crisp, individuated self-reflections—unburdened by transgressive posturing and fresh in their personal nature.
Brie Ruais, Tread Compass (detail), 130lbs 2013 Pigmented clay, clear glaze, hardware, 60 x 57 x 8 inches, 152.4 x 144.8 x 20.3 cm
Brie Ruais – Exhibition Preview
Nicole Klagsbrun will present the artist Brie Ruais in a conversational format with an intimate group before the opening of her exhibition on November 8th.
Brie Ruais’ Studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. September, 2013. Photo by Corydon Cowansage
by CORYDON COWANSAGE
In the last week of September I visited the Sunset Park studio of Brie Ruais as she prepared for her first solo show at Nicole Klagsbrun’s pop up space. Ruais works with clay, creating large, gestural reliefs that reference both the body and the landscape. Her current work is the result of a very physical, performative process. She uses her own body weight, and sometimes that of a collaborator, to sculpt a comparably-sized mound of clay—pushing, kneading, and spreading the material. The ensuing pieces act as a record of these actions, and sometimes document behaviors in a given space itself. During the studio visit Ruais told me about her process, her relationship to the medium, some of the ideas behind this particular body of work, and what she’s planning for her upcoming solo show, XO……
Brie Ruais – Private Exhibition Preview
Gertrude is a contemporary art salon that will be holding a discussion and preview of Brie Ruais’s exhibition on November 6, 2013 at 7PM.
To get more information on the preview visit the link below.
The Shandaken Project
August 30 – September 14, 2014