Ruby Brown Negotiation 101Opening: Wednesday 13 February 6-8pm Dates: 13 February- 9 March 2019
“In this game we must eliminate all signs of neediness.
We can do this by following three rules:
One, play to your strengths.
Two, want nothing.
Three, demonstrate your ability to walk away.”
Ruby Brown’s practice is influenced by Māori mythology, pop culture and anthropology and explores the fleshy weight of boundaries, spaces, lines and labels. Brown is a collector of objects and imagery discovered along walking tracks and conversations recorded during random street-encounters, travelling by taxi or public transport. Back at the studio, collections are fragmented and reborn through sculpture, paint and action, exploring fibrous unions between anthropological ideas and materiality. This work sees the introduction of monochromatic text as an instruction, a rule, or a signpost for those negotiating liminal spaces.
Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, Ruby Brown is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Solo exhibitions include Multi-Purpose Gap Filler, c3 Contemporary Art Space, 2016; and Finding, Rubicon ARI, 2014. Group exhibitions include Painting Revealed, Sutton Projects Melbourne, 2016; Saturn Returns, Fort Delta, Melbourne 2016; and I is Another, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015. She currently lives and works in Melbourne.
Image by Christo Crocker.