Born in Naples, the 32-year-old artist already has a reputation abroad: his first solo exhibition was held at London’s Milk and Lead Gallery in 2010. The same year, De Ruvo also showed work at White Box in New York and won the Prize for Italian Art in Stockholm.
His new show in Rome consists of eleven works. They run the range from sculpture and installation to wall-hung mixed-media compositions. But they all have something in common: De Ruvo’s predilection for a hard-edged, everyday materials. Call them industrial or mechanical, tactile, workaday, even cold—the artist likes to work with glass, slate, paper, and magnets, not to mention found objects. The striking sculpture Out of Track (2015) consists of twisting piece of real train track attached to marble base in the shape of an arrow. Positioned vertically, the track heads toward the ceiling while the arrow points in a different direction. Another sculpture, 888/666 (2015), is made of iron, steel, paper, and a calculator. And the other elements listed alongside the artist’s chosen materials? Forces like compression, traction, and gravity, according to the exhibition’s press release.