A solo exhibition by Ruby Sky Stiler will feature new relief paintings, site-specific line sculptures, furniture-sculpture, and more. Drawing from the techniques and language of classical antiquity, Art Deco illustrations, and twentieth-century abstraction, Stiler’s sculpture and wall-based works often take shape as archaeological reconstructions; man, woman, and child figures, amphorae, and mosaic patterning are all repeating motifs. While much of the artist’s visual language is rooted in the ancient past, the materials she uses are distinctly contemporary. These include resin, plaster, hot glue, stained wood, and air brush. With this play of authenticity and materials, Stiler constructs a historical narrative of her own that interweaves high and low, past and present, the authentic and the reproduced.
The project is a collaboration with Fairfield University Art Museum where a version of the exhibition, Ruby Sky Stiler: Group Relief, was on view from September 11 through December 19, 2020. At Fairfield, functional sculptures that assumed the role of a museum “viewing bench” were positioned around the gallery. These colorful benches are comprised of gestural lines that resemble human figures cut from wood. Straddling the space between utilitarian form and sculptural object, the benches invite visitors to sit and consider their own bodies in relation to the gallery and artworks surrounding them. For the Tang’s presentation, Stiler will create a site-specific intervention in the Museum’s Wachenheim Gallery.