Sterling Ruby is a multidisciplinary artist. He addresses the conflict between individual desire and social structure, and the influence of institutional architecture, both literal and figurative, on human behavior and psychology. Mining art history, contemporary visual culture and sociological concerns, Ruby’s practice engages with multiple discourses in critical and often humorous ways through installations, ceramic works, urethane and bronze sculptures, hallucinatory color-field canvases amongst others.
Ruby has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Ullens Center for Contemporary art, Beijing; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Garage Centre for Contemporary CulturE, Moscow; the Saatchi Gallery, London among others. His work is also part of the permanent collection of institutions worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Seattle Art Museum and the Tate Collection in London. His work was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.