Born in San Francisco, California in 1970; Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
In a sense, these vessels and figures are self-referential, but in a non-biographical way. They are idealizations and visions based on personal experience—a reflection of the multifaceted, intense energy of everyday living. — Ruby Neri
Ruby Neri (b. 1970, San Francisco) draws upon 20th century West Coast traditions as well as a global catalogue of art historical and anthropological modes. She depicts the human body as a porous instrument of pleasure, terror, and everything in between; this places her within a lineage of recent Los Angeles-based artists that includes Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, and Charles Ray, while her penchant for hand-driven craft connects her to the Bay Area Figurative and Funk movements. The ceramic vessels that have dominated her production recently evoke both earthy tactility and psychological intimacy. Neri’s use of sprayed glazes links her ceramics to the street art she produced in the late 1990s as a member of what would become the San Francisco-based Mission School, connecting a contemporary urban art form with the archaic power of pre-historical wall-painting The women depicted in Neri’s ceramic vessels, paintings and pastels are both fabulous andfrantic and allude associations of women on the brink of self-destructionand ecstasy: such touchstones for tragedy include Helen of Troy, the most beautiful, fair-haired woman of the ancient Mediterranean, and Marilyn Monroe. Her works are also doubles: doubly dancing or singing andyelling, doubly sculpted in the round and on the surface in vibrant hues.
Ruby Neri received her M.F.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1998) and her B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute (1994). She has participated in group shows around the world including most recently 9 Artists, Kosaku Kenchika, Toyko, Japan (2021) Vessels, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida (2021), Mass Ornament curated by Allison Gingeras, South Mountauk, New York (2020), The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects, Objects Like Us, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2018); From Funk to Punk, Left Coast Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York (2017); Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, a collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland (2014); Energy That is All Around: Mission School, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York (2014); Busted, High Line Commission, High Line Art, New York (2013); and Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012). Her work is in the public collections of the Berkeley Art Museum and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Neri lives and works in Los Angeles. She will be part of a group exhibition at the Modern Museum of Art, Paris in October 2021 will have a solo exhibition with Salon 94 in November 2021.
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