Lauren Ruth exhibition in the Carlos Gallery

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The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building presents “Wide Receivers and Near Misses,” an exhibition by artist Lauren Ruth. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 1.

Ruth is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculptural works engage issues of social ritual, participation, and the body. The works in “Wide Receivers and Near Misses” are conceived as defamiliarized stand-ins for various sensory organs and communication tools. Drawing on the human propensity for miscommunication, the works push against conventions of propriety to facilitate corporeal awareness and unexpected exchange. Ruth’s bold, human scale works present mundane objects—ground beef, hay bales, the body—in unfamiliar and surreal terms. The sculptures resemble furniture, signage, and interior décor. Human ears tower over the viewer like indelicate eavesdroppers and meat pillows offer a comfortable seat.

Ruth has exhibited at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C.; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Root Division, San Francisco; and Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville. Ruth earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ruth was assistant professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 2013-16, and is assistant professor of sculpture at California State University, Chico. 

Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building