Threewalls presents solo work in two conjoined shows by Chicago based artist Stephen Reber and Ander Ruhwald, ceramics Artist-in-Residence at The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Reber and Ruhwald are sculptors, whose seemingly formal work, locates and amplifies the subtle and elegant materiality, geometry and detail of the built environment. Where Reber’s work draws on the exterior, Ruhwald’s turns to interior architectures, with both artists highlighting and extracting the poetics of design through the minimal quotations they extract and reinterpret. Together their objects shift from outside to inside and back, constructing minimal sets that retrain our attentions on those oft-muted details that surround us in our everyday.
Reber’s work is an ongoing inquiry into the sculptural elements of architecture. Much of the work uses everyday building materials such as plywood, plastic laminate and decorative paneling. What is familiar and common is put into the service of geometry. Through geometric reduction and repetition, elements are constructed that offer a bridge between an object and architectural space. The objects and the support structure offer a tangible and oddly familiar experience that is rooted in remembered history.
Anders Ruhwald ceramic sculpture toys with the common association of the material and its field with function. Making playful, somewhat mischievous objects, Ruhwald’s pieces interact with site and bodies as amusing actors put into motion to question assumptions about objecthood. To wit, these objects take on a character that vacillates between personified things and thingified bodies, inflecting ceramics with an affect that goes beyond the way humans “use” them, suggesting perhaps that these things have a life beyond human projections.
Stephen Reber is Adjunct Associate Professor of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a BS from Nazareth College of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been featured at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL; International Sculpture Conference, Philadelphia; C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore; Winston Gallery, Washington, D.C. Reber’s exhibition will feature a new site-specific sculpture. Reber’s exhibition was curated as part of the SOLO program for local and regional artists
Anders Ruhwald lives and works at Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit, USA. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. Ruhwald has had more than 20 solo exhibitions for the last 10 years in museums and galleries around the world including Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK), The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (USA). During the same time his work has been shown in more that 80 group shows at venues like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Fondation d’entreprise Richard (Paris), Pinakotek der Moderne (Munich), Taipei Yingge Museum (Taiwan) and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)
In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Ceramics Biennial in South Korea. He also received a Danish Art Foundation three-year work-stipend in 2010 and the Sotheby’s Prize (UK) in 2007. Reviews include major publications the Guardian (UK), Wallpaper (UK), Artforum.com (US), Financial Times and Avenuel (Rep. of S. Korea).
Anders Ruhwald was curated by Shannon Stratton, Executive & Creative Director of Threewalls.