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New York-based Ruby Sky Stiler and Sara Greenberger Rafferty will present new work at The Suburban this Spring. Continuing her series o f relief wall sculptures – as well as an interrogation of modes of display – Stiler has devised an installation rail system to highlight the object-qu ality of works that are already in strong dialogue with a painting language . Stiler “strives for the object to be conflicted in its periodization\, an d incorporates multiple references [creating the feeling of something] both familiar and alien.”1 Her peculiar form of relief patchwork has become more fractured here\, emphasizing seamed construction and illusion simultaneously. The appearance of color invokes both the palette of Cubist collage and also make-up\, so that some of the recognizable facial features appear even to be blushing.

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Rafferty’s installation takes on the o riginal Suburban gallery as an allegorical studio space. Replete with artis t working\, light kit\, ladder\, giant copy stand\, and objects to be photo graphed – the work takes a half turn away from trompe l’oeil and toward a c onflation and confusion of two and three dimensional space. The single perf ormer\, usually a comedian in her work\, is now a silhouetted art-worker co nfined to a shelf attached to the wall. In a second piece\, installed on th e patch of grass between the gallery building and the Grabner/Killam reside nce\, comedic props rendered in Plexiglas are installed as if they are gian t game pieces from the game Clue.

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Ruby and Sara have produced a col laborative silkscreen poster announcing the projects’ openings.

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