Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to announce the exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of new work by artist KIM RUGG on view now titled, “Stitches.
View this exclusive ARTSY online exhibition now at: https://bit.ly/2QvknJU
With surgical blades and a meticulous hand for nearly two decades Kim Rugg (b. 1963, Canada) dissected and reassembled newspapers, stamps, comic books, cereal boxes and postage stamps in order to render them conventionally illegible. In her early work, the front page of the LA Times becomes neatly alphabetized jargon, debunking the illusion of its producers’ authority as much as the message itself. Through her re-appropriation of medium and meaning, she effectively highlights the innately slanted nature of the distribution of information as well as its messengers. Rugg has also created hand-drawn works alongside wallpaper installations, both of which toy with authenticity and falsehood through subtle trompe l’oeil. In her maps, Rugg re-envisions the topography of various states, countries, continents, and even the world without borders, featuring a staggeringly precise hand-drawn layout with only city names and regions as reference points. In own sense of abstracted cartography, Rugg redistributes traditional map colors (or eliminates them entirely) to nullify the social preeminence given to constructed territories and highlight the idea that our attention is manipulated to focus on the powerful few instead of the physical many.
In this new series of embroidered work and woven fabric, Rugg explores contemporary social themes using a most traditional European medium, embroidery, and woven fabrics.
Moral or religious texts continued to be a frequent choice in the first half of the 19th century. These “Samplers”, first popular in England in the mid-17th century, that focused on improving or pious statements are central to the often unsophisticated pieces we now recognize as a ‘classic’ Victorian sampler. This type of piece was also important in the embroidery traditions of European settlers in America, whose strongly felt sense of religious purpose helped to sustain them in an unfamiliar and often unforgiving landscape.
As The artist put it, “These works were inspired by the tradition of embroidering or cross-stitching a favorite passage of the Bible or other religious book and displaying it on the wall. I have used this language to interpret the words of D Trump, in particular his tweets whom some people follow with an almost religious devotion.”
“The tweets are hand embroidered onto traditional, soft furnishing backgrounds using an elegant typeface. I have transposed them without editing or correction. I have included the time and date of the tweet in reference to the attribution of a scripture quote to its author. They are mounted on board with some upholstery foam and trims to give them a “Lush feel”.
Rugg received her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (D.C.) and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Honolulu Museum of Art, the Norton Museum (FL), and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX) among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Galerie Schmidt Maczollek (Cologne), and Nettie Horn Gallery (Manchester), P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC), and was the recipient of the Thames and Hudson Prize from the Royal College of Art Society in 2004. She lives and works in London (UK).
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