LAUREN RUTH: WIDE RECEIVERS AND NEAR MISSES
Carlos Gallery (The University of the South) / 105 Kennerly Rd., Sewanee, TN August 26, 2016 - October 1, 2016
The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present Wide Receivers and Near Misses, an exhibition by artist Lauren Ruth. Ruth is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculptural works engage issues of social ritual, participation, and the body. The works in Wide Receivers and Near Misses are conceived as defamiliarized stand-ins for various sensory organs and communication tools. Drawing on the human propensity for miscommunication, the works push against conventions of propriety to facilitate corporeal awareness and unexpected exchange. Ruth’s bold, human scale works present mundane objects – ground beef, hay bales, the body – in unfamiliar and surreal terms. The sculptures resemble furniture, signage, and interior décor. Human ears tower over the viewer like indelicate eavesdroppers and meat pillows offer a comfortable seat.