For the very first time, LA-based artist Sterling Ruby is showcasing his clothing archive. The installation is titled “WORK WEAR: Garment and Textile Archive 2008-2016” and it is currently on display at Sprüth Magers in London.
Back in 2008, Ruby designed a basic “work wear” button-down shirt and a pair of jean-style pants made from leftover scraps from soft sculpture production and quilt projects. Since then, the now-signature pattern has been seen on countless textile assignments overseen by Sterling. At the conclusion of each project, a new set of one-off garments are designed to commemorate the work.
For the “WORK WEAR: Garment and Textile Archive 2008-2016” exhibition, we see coats, ponchos, bags, shirts and pants all on display, each of which features the fabrics used to create the artist’s quilts, collages, textiles and sculptures. In turn, collages become quilts, quilts become soft sculptures, and sculptures become clothes.
“WORK WEAR: Garment and Textile Archive 2008-2016” is currently on display at Sprüth Magers from now through April 9.
Sprüth Magers London
7A Grafton Street
London, W1S 4EJ