Visual artist, sculptor.
Born in Graz, in Austria.
Lives and works in Vienna.
Valentin Ruhry has worked primarily in sculpture. In an analytical, scientific approach, he creates works inspired by technological achievements though it is often the out-dated, obsolete ideas once believed to be visionary that inspire him. Regularly examining the formal and aesthetic aspects of objects, one of his major themes is light and its modulation of volume as well as physically measureable qualities such as tension, force, and friction.
“To cite Claude Levi-Strauss, the engineer and the amateur constructor represent two completely different ways of behaving. For the engineer, there are only raw materials, which can be employed as desired, and disturbance factors, which are to be excluded. The amateur constructor may use waste material (also on a mental level) and fragments, which as it were bear witness to the history of the individual or to society. The amateur constructor does not begin with nothing, but he might perhaps accomplish a new combination of ready-mades. It is in this area that the artist Valentin Ruhry plays the role of someone legitimising a game, who in doing so endows it with greater scope and a meaningful context.” (quot. Günther Holler-Schuster)