this Waking Edge..."
9. 2007 - 27. 10. 2007
vamiali’s gallery is pleased to present the first solo show in Athens
of American artist Ruby Osorio titled “Upon This Waking Edge…”.
Ruby Osorio was born in Los Angeles where she lives and works.
The work of Ruby Osorio addresses issues of identity, transformation and
the creative boundaries between the fictional and the mundane. In the
past, Osorio has mined inspiration from a wide range of literary and cultural
references, creating detailed drawings/paintings where the fantastic plays
a central role. Viewed individually, the drawings bely a logical narrative.
However as a series of works, Osorio’s drawings purposely abstract
the narrative structure to expose reoccurring themes of yearning, desire,
transcendance, amid absurd scenarios where the ambiguity of meaning implies
elusiveness and constant change. Utilizing the female heroine as a central
character, Osorio subtly deconstructs the conventional or traditional
attributes projected onto women by positioning them in a parallel universe
where no rules apply and everything is at the disposal of their own creation.
In this latest series of drawings, with the title “Upon This Waking
Edge…”, that will be presented at vamiali’s gallery,
Osorio has further mined the references of art history focusing specifically
on the surrealist movement of the 1920’s- a movement which surfaced
as a critique of its times and as a response to the overrationalization
of a bourgeois society. Contextualizing her works in hindsight of this
art movement, Osorio reasserts the value of extracting meaning from one’s
own unconscious life. Moreover, the reinterpration of certain surrealist
works in Osorio’s oveure redress the role of the woman artist in
contemporary society. Where surrealist thought was dominated by the likes
of male artists such as Dali, Duchamp, and Breton, Osorio’s revival
of the surreal in her drawings attest to the enduring power of sly subversion
in questioning who has the authority to create meaning and how meaning
is disseminated in a larger discourse; in this case the art world.
Ruby Osorio has participated in many exhibitions including “Extreme
Unction”, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, (solo), “Story of
a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away)”, Contemporary Art Museum St.
Louis, St. Louis, (solo), “Domestic Departures”, CSU Fullerton
Art Gallery, Fullerton, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City,
”The Living Room”, Randall Scott Gallery, Washington.
gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 76x55cm, 2007
Taxonomy", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 111x76cm, 2007
Sleep", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 102x131cm, 2007
Relic ", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 114x114cm, 2007
gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 114x116cm, 2007
Influence", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 114x114cm, 2007
Widows ", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 134x112cm, 2007
The Water Gave", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 154x112cm, 2007
Retrieval ", gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, 139x111cm, 2007