Alan Ruiz
Mexican, born 1984

Best known for his immersive sculptural work, Brooklyn-based artist Alan Ruiz employs industrial materials and architectural procedures to restructure familiar spaces, thereby confronting authoritative and normative approaches to the visual world. Ruiz blends a minimalist aesthetic reminiscent of Donald Judd with the conceptualism of Felix Gonzalez-Torres to address the intersections of the political and visual in an open-ended manner. In his ongoing series “Against Nature,” Ruiz uses architectural screens to alter the viewer’s experience of space, questioning preconceived notions of public and private; interior and exterior; exclusive and inclusive—seemingly benign constructions that in fact laden with political and economic implications. While seemingly simple, Ruiz’s interventions look to address complex societal issues, such as surveillance and hegemonic forms of power—and their …

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