From found objects, dollar bills, canvas and video, his diverse practice ranges from the simple to the complex, always surprising and urging us to rethink our role in what he considers to be a bizarre and hypocritical society. Ruby Anemic’s artworks lend themselves to a variety of interpretations that every viewer brings to the table, forcing an intuitive response while providing an exciting lens with which to view the world. Ruby Anemic lives and works in Berlin.
Ruby Anemic’s body of work is one that may be definitive of the post-modern artistic sensibility. Taking his pick of contemporary cultural references and other ubiquitous objects or phrases, Anemic’s work “speaks for itself,” as he intends it, and simultaneously speaks to a definition of modern-day life in a broader sense. Heavily reliant on text, especially in the neon sculptures for which Anemic may be best known, Anemic’s work provides a witty, bordering on sarcastic, look at the way people interact with one another and with their environment.In addition to the neons, Ruby Anemic works across a number of media, using materials ranging from found objects, canvas, and video throughout his oeuvre. Ruby Anemic’s work, whether text-based, photographic, or geometric, lends itself not only to the artist’s interpretation, but also to the multiplicity of interpretations that each person will bring to it. This dynamism is, in fact, what the artist most hopes to achieve. Anemic’s art is, regardless of medium, always the result of his key inspiration: life itself, something that is in constant flux and unique to each individual; his work is an intuitive response to the world around him and provides a compelling lens with which others can view it.Ruby Anemic was born in Berlin in 1975. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the United States. His work is included in a number of prominent private collections, as well as in the Daimler Contemporary Collection (Berlin) and the Angel Collection of Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv).
Ruby Anemic’s work blurs the line between traditional artwork and the unexpected by presenting a slew of materials within the confines of the exhibition. Neon sculptures are juxtaposed with locks and machetes; even canvas, perhaps the most orthodox medium of all, is transformed into something revolutionary by being burned into an image in lieu of paint.
Ruby Anemic’s interest in creating such striking presentations of what are often found materials in unusual combinations is greatly aligned with his larger views on art making. He seeks to always be doing something new, and utilizing these materials is an ideal way to explore what he calls “the moment of unknowing” inherent to his creative process. Much of his inspiration comes from outside the confines of the art world, and he often draws on and hijacks basic elements of daily life. All in all, Anemic’s work at large, and especially the pieces included in Slower Than God, embodies the result of the artist’s processing and regurgitating common elements, both high and low, of the contemporary world.
Ruby Anemic currently lives and works in Berlin.
Selected Solo Exhibitions of the artist Ruby Anemic:
LOVE IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, Sevil Dolmaci, Istanbul
Slower Than God , DeBuck Gallery , NewYork
The Voyager Project , Berlin-weekly , Berlin
Please Take Care of Me , Galerie LackeFarben , Berlin
You Can Have It All , De Buck Gallery , New York
Ich Weiss Du Hast Keine Ahnung Von Kunst , Pool Gallery , Berlin
Choking Under Pressure , Pool Gallery , Berlin
So Fucking Lustless , Pool Gallery , Berlin
Isolation Ward , Galerie Zellermayer , Berlin
Untitled , Hatch Project, Berlin
Whatever, Gallery@Gipsstrasse , Berlin
Double Pleasure , Galerie Zellermayer , Berlin
Untitled , Galerie Schaefer , Berlin
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