Sterling Ruby at Sprüth Magers
Installation view, Sterling Ruby, Work Wear Garment and Textile Archive 2008 – 2016 Sprüth Magers London, March 11 – April 9, 2016. Photography © Stephen White
Sprüth Magers, Mayfair presents WORK WEAR: Garment and Textile Archive 2008-2016, an exhibition of works by Raf Simons’ darling Sterling Ruby. In 2007, the artist designed the first Raf Simons store in Tokyo with bleached and splattered denim covering the walls from floor to ceiling. This led to a capsule denim collection in 2009, and culminated in the full-fledged collaborative collection RAF SIMONS | STERLING RUBY Fall/Winter 2014 and the first Dior collection in 2007, largerly documented in the Dior and I film.“I love that the gallery window looks like an old-fashioned storefront,” said Ruby to the Guardian.
The exhibition juxtaposes his signature-style garments and artworks. Made from the left over scraps from soft sculpture production and quilt projects, the heavy weight denim and canvas uniform quickly became what the artist refers as a “studio camouflage”. Over the years that pattern has seen an almost ritualistic retelling of the textile projects that his studio has supervised. Each time a piece of artwork is finished a new set of unique one-off garments are made as a conclusion to the project. The denim is imbued with the same treatments as the artworks—from the fabrics that are hand-dyed and hand-treated in Ruby’s studio yard, to the exotic enzyme washes researched and sourced from LA’s garment production industry. That’s what caught Raf Simons’ eye in the first place…