Sterling Ruby is an American artist who works in a wide range of aesthetic and material strategies, from sculptures made of saturated and glossy poured polyurethane, bronze, and steel; to drawings, collages, richly glazed ceramics, spray-paint paintings, photography, and video; as well as textile works that include quilts, tapestries, soft sculptures, and garments.
In 2005 Ruby designed a basic work wear button down shirt and a pair of pants to be worn in the studio. Made from the left over scraps from textile sculpture production and quilt projects, the heavy weight denim and canvas uniform quickly became a type of studio camouflage. Over the years that pattern has seen a ritualistic retelling of the countless textile projects of his studio.
Ruby’s projects in garments and textiles have been the basis for the artist’s feted collaborations with designer Raf Simons, Dior, and Calvin Klein.