ARTIST PROJECT: Hung by Brie Ruais

Begin with 134 pounds of clay. On the floor, spread this clay out radially from a central mound.

BRuais_hung2Spread the clay to a thickness of ¾ – 1 inch until a large flat circle is formed.

BRuais_hung4Screw a wooden wedge to the wall, about 3 feet high.

BRuais_hung3Gather the clay circle like a towel or a coat and hang it on the wall-mounted wedge.

BRuais_hung5*If it is not possible to lift the material up to the wedge, lower the wedge.

BRuais_hung6Repeat the previous step until the material is hung, even if it drapes onto the floor.


*Mid-performance script modification.

Brie Ruais
Hung, 2014
Images and text

Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California) received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2011 and lives and work in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at Nicole Klagsbrun, New York; Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles; Lefebrve & Fils Gallery, Paris; Fused Space, San Francisco; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; The Horticultural Society, New York; Salon 94, New York; and The Abrons Arts Center, New York, among others. On the occasion of her solo show, Nicole Klagsbrun published Ruais’ artist book XO, which includes resource images and a conversation with Sarah Sze. Her work has been discussed in The New York Times, ArtNews, Modern Painters, Artforum, The New Yorker, Bomb, Artsy, TimeOut, and Architectural Digest. Ruais is the recipient of The Socrates EAF Fellowship, The Shandaken Project Residency, the Anderson Ranch Ceramics Residency, and the Abrons Arts Center Residency. Recent projects include a twoperson show with artist Anna Betbeze at Marc Selwyn in Los Angeles, and a unique edition of Affirmation Pots for the 2015 Bronx Museum Gala. In collaboration with Nicole Klagsbrun, Ruais will open a solo exhibition at Untitled, New York City, in April 2015.

View more works by Brie Ruais here.