Brie Ruais

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Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California, California, USA) makes sculptural works that contemplate the relationship between body and labour. Her process involves sculpturally recording her own labour by pressing her weight into masses of clay, a gesture that the artist calls “a confrontation with my own body.” The forms that take shape eschew visual representation and instead reflect on points of contact and resistance. In 2018, Ruias made a series of porcelain vessels that inverted her treatment of negative space. Considering the vessels as stand-ins for the body, these works explore issues of display and agency.

Ruais received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2011 and her BFA from New York University in 2004. She has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles (2020); Albertz Benda Gallery, New York (2019); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2019); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2018); Hunter College, New York (2016); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015); Lefebvre & Fils, Paris (2014); Interstate Projects, Brooklyn (2013); and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); among others. On the occasion of her solo exhibition, Nicole Klagsbrun published Ruais’ artist book, XO, which includes her resource photographs and an interview with Sarah Sze. Ruais currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

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Spreading Outward Finding Balance, 128 lbs

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Spreading Outward Finding Balance, 128 lbs, 2020

Glazed stoneware, rocks, hardware

93" X 92" X 2"
236.22cm X 233.68cm X 5.08cm

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Turning Inwards 3, 2, 1, 128 lbs

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Turning Inwards 3, 2, 1, 128 lbs, 2020

Glazed stoneware, hardware

90" X 87" X 3"
228.6cm X 220.98cm X 7.62cm

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albertz benda

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Ways, 2019

So lo show at albertz benda, New York, USA

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Night Gallery

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Brie Ruais, 2018

Solo show at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

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Young World

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According to the Body, 2016

Installation at Young World in Detroit, Michigan

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130 lbs. of Proximal Frontage

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130 lbs. of Proximal Frontage, 2015

Installation at Mesler/Feuer, New York, USA

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Red Pushes 1, 2, and 3 (130lbs each)

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Red Pushes 1, 2, and 3 (130lbs each), 2017

Glazed ceramic and unfired clay

3 parts each, approx.

76" X 20" X 15"
193.04cm X 50.8cm X 38.1cm

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Landscape Painting with 130lbs of Clay (Dark Sky Law), 130lbs (AKA Black Horizon)

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Landscape Painting with 130lbs of Clay (Dark Sky Law), 130lbs (AKA Black Horizon), 2016

Glazed ceramic, hardware

34" X 69"
86.36cm X 175.26cm

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Star I Made by Punching the Sky (7)

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Star I Made by Punching the Sky (7), 2018

Fired clay, gaze

10.5" X 9.8" X 1.4"
26.67cm X 24.89cm X 3.56cm

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Star I Made by Punching the Sky (5)

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Star I Made by Punching the Sky (5), 2018

Fired clay, glaze

6" X 8" X 1.3"
15.24cm X 20.32cm X 3.3cm

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Star I Made by Punching the Sky (4)

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Star I Made by Punching the Sky (4), 2018

Fired clay, glaze

11.5" X 10" X 1.3"
29.21cm X 25.4cm X 3.3cm

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Spreading Out from Center in Five Directions (Left Arm, Left Leg, Right Arm, Right Leg), 130lbs,

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Spreading Out from Center in Five Directions (Left Arm, Left Leg, Right Arm, Right Leg), 130lbs, 2016

Fired clay, glaze, hardware

59" X 55" X 3.5"
149.86cm X 139.7cm X 8.89cm

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Affirmation Pot: Me TOO

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Affirmation Pot: Me TOO, 2018

Porcelain, glaze

13.5" X 13" X 9.5"
34.29cm X 33.02cm X 24.13cm

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Affirmation Pot: Grab Back

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Affirmation Pot: Grab Back, 2018

18" X 9" X 8"
45.72cm X 22.86cm X 20.32cm

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Affirmation Pot: I Decide What Goes Inside

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Affirmation Pot: I Decide What Goes Inside, 2018

Porcelain, glaze

17" X 12.5" X 12"
43.18cm X 31.75cm X 30.48cm

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Affirmation Pot: Me Too

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Affirmation Pot: Me Too, 2018

Porcelain, glaze

19" X 6.5" X 7"
48.26cm X 16.51cm X 17.78cm

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Affirmation Pot: My Body My Choice

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Affirmation Pot: My Body My Choice, 2018

Porcelain, glaze

22" X 10" X 10"
55.88cm X 25.4cm X 25.4cm

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Affirmation Pot: Nasty Womyn

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Affirmation Pot: Nasty Womyn, 2018

Porcelain, glaze

21" X 13" X 12"
53.34cm X 33.02cm X 30.48cm

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Gutted

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Gutted, 2017

Paper pulp, fibrous roots

18" X 17" X 6"
45.72cm X 43.18cm X 15.24cm

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Scalped

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Scalped, 2017

Paper pulp, horse hair

18" X 17.5" X 2.5"
45.72cm X 44.45cm X 6.35cm

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Holding the center

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Holding the center, 2017

Paper pulp, wintered organics from the artist's garden

27" X 23" X 4"
68.58cm X 58.42cm X 10.16cm

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Cornered, 125lbs

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Cornered, 125lbs, 2016

Glazed ceramic, hardware

57" X 19.5"
144.78cm X 49.53cm

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Spreading Out Sideways From All Seven (130lbs)

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Spreading Out Sideways From All Seven (130lbs), 2017

Porcelain, gold leaf, hardware

65" X 51.5" X 3"
165.1cm X 130.81cm X 7.62cm

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Corner Push (White), 131 lbs

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Corner Push (White), 131 lbs, 2014

Glazed ceramic

75" X 16" X 14"
190.5cm X 40.64cm X 35.56cm

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Nearly Torn Away

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Nearly Torn Away, 2013

Glazed ceramic, hardware

82" X 78" X 5 1/2"
208.28cm X 198.12cm X 12.7cm