Wide Receivers: Lauren Ruth
April 2nd- 30th – opening reception April 2, 6-9pm
COOP Gallery is pleased to present “Wide Receivers,” a sculpture by Lauren Ruth that explores patterns and logics that elastically and peripherally connect the body to the built environment. The installation considers the body as a tool for reception and communication and investigates how manipulations of scale and context allow the body to take on new agency and authority. Satellite dishes, boardrooms, and billboards are sites for various conversational arrangements – some pontificate, others listen.
Says Ruth about this work: “Drawing on the human propensity for miscommunication, I seek to create defamiliarized scenarios that facilitate corporeal awareness and unexpected exchange.”
This will be Ruth’s second exhibition in Nashville, and the artist will be present at the opening reception and at COOP’s Nashville Artists Drinking Beer public presentation event on Friday, April 1st.
More about the Artist
Lauren Ruth is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculpture and performance works engage issues of social ritual, participation, and the body. Ruth has exhibited at venues including the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington D.C.; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Root Division, San Francisco, CA; and Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN. Ruth’s artistic collaboration The Shaft, with Maiza Hixson, has performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY and the Koban Project, Baltimore, MD. Ruth has been artist in residence at Cannonball, Miami, FL; Oxbow, Saugatuck, MI; and the Recycled Artist in Residency, Philadelphia, PA, and she has presented at the Open Engagement Conference, SECAC, Dartmouth College, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ruth earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ruth lives and works in Chattanooga and is Assistant Professor of Art in Sculpture at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.