For the 2017 edition of UNTITLED Miami Beach, Albertz Benda is pleased to present a site-specific installation by Thomas Fougeirol and Brie Ruais.
Fougeirol reimagines act of painting by removing the presence of the artist’s hand, instead inﬂuencing the composition on the canvas through the intermediary of imprints – craters left by raindrops, fabric, dust and debris on meticulously primed surfaces. For UNTITLED, Fougeirol has created a new series of ‘Gold paintings’ that will be exhibited for the first time in the United States.
Ruais is also concerned with the imprints of actions on material; the works are the outcome of an intersection between performance, sculpture, and painting. While Fougeirol emphasizes the absence of the artist’s direct touch, Ruais does just the opposite; the pieces bear impressions of her toes, ﬁngers, and limbs. Merging the movements and weight of her body with hunks of clay, Brie Ruais stomps, kicks, stretches, wedges, rakes, and pulls this earthy material into abstract, organic forms that serve as records of her actions. With heavily worked surfaces ﬁnished with richly colored glazes, her pieces recall landscapes, abstract paintings, and the contours of the body itself.
Brie Ruais’s work is presented in collaboration with Nicole Klagsbrun, New York.