Evolving from his previous project, ASHTRAY, Ruby’s new exhibition HEARTS + CLUBS is the outcome of plastic transformations; clay forms morphing from vessels to figurative and totemic objects.
Rough, uneven, and irregular, Ruby’s objects reveal an urgency in their making. They embed the traces and the energy of hands and fingers that knead and give shape.With the application of shiny enamels, however, these gestures become fixed; their metallic lusters cover and combine with the raw textures of dirt and gravels.
HEARTS + CLUBS is like a dissected clay body; organs and bones taken apart. A splayed conversation between that which is organic and that which is inert. At once the passivity and peacefulness or HEARTS and the active provocation of CLUBS. Visceral and symbolic, raw and bloody, if HEARTS + CLUBS are not strictly physical containers, they nevertheless transport meaning, values, and emotions.
Like a gesture interrupted, HEARTS are equally made of matter and of holes. Deriving from vessels folded and re-formed to become bodies, bisected by a raised aorta or spine, HEARTS have edges that extend out to create folded arms or limbs. Through holes in their body, the HEARTS are pieces that dialogue with a background that both support and complete them.
The CLUBS, by contrast, are vertical and free-standing objects. Some suggest standing figures, while others are blunt objects, resembling ancient weapons or tools that might have been unearthed as artefacts. The CLUBS stand as an incitement to use, ready to be seized and used as a weapon, a spectre, or a walking stick.