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BRIE RUAIS & CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN

 June 3 – August 21, 2021

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BRIE RUAIS | CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN

McClain Gallery is thrilled to present a two-person exhibition with British painter Christopher Le Brun and American sculptor Brie Ruais. Both artists find commonality in a conceptual approach to materiality that emerges from their direct, physical handling of their mediums. With a foundational basis in gesture, color, surface, and above all, texture, they embrace the inherent qualities of their respective materials while finding new and unexpected ways to transcend genres.

 

BRIE RUAIS

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Detail of Currents and Tides, 130lbs and 128lbs, 2020

 

Brie Ruais’ work reflects the breadth of her process-based practice, wherein she uses her body as the only tool to manipulate a mass of clay equal to her body weight. Her physical connection to the process is evident by the works' appearance; hand marks and deep striations meet where footprints end, becoming a map and acting as an extension of a particular place in the way the clay is marked by the press of her body as well as the surface she wedges it into. The movement found in the work corresponds to the movement of the human body, forming a language between the viewer and the piece itself. Found objects pressed into the surface of the wet clay, both natural and manufactured, further develop each piece's story and texture. 

Her first institutional solo exhibition, Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of the Land, curated by Frauke Josenhans, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts, is currently on view at The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, TX. 

“Brie Ruais has a unique ability to create powerful ceramic sculptures that, despite their size and weight, seem almost delicate. They symbolize the force and solidity of nature, but also reflect the fragility of our global environment.

–Frauke V. Josenhans, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University

Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at public institutions including the Musée d’art de Joliette, Quebec, Canada; the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Katzen Center at American University, Washington, DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Awards and residencies include The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2018), The Sharpe Walentas Studio Program (2018), the Dieu Donne Fellowship (2016), Montello Foundation Residency (2017), Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship (2014), The Shandaken Project Residency (2014) among others. Ruais' work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; the Pizzuti Collection, OH; the Burger Collection Hong Kong, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. She is featured in Vitamin C: New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Clay and Ceramics, published by Phaidon (2017).

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Brie Ruais, Spreading out From Center, 132lbs (Fort Tilden, October 2019), 2019, glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware, 78 x 75 x 3 inches

CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN

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Christopher Le Brun

Aside VI, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

16 x 31 7/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun’s paintings call attention to the color and physicality of mark-making to elicit painting's inherent poetry.  Le Brun’s drawing, sculptural, and printmaking practices are apparent throughout his new work through his decision to draw directly onto surfaces with the paint tubes or move the pigment around with a palette knife. This energetic application creates highly worked tactile surfaces that lend depth and spatial complexity to Le Brun’s works.  With a reverence for British landscape painting and nature, his paintings seek to reveal truth to the eye through color and invite the viewer to enter a dialogue by means of atmosphere and light.

Christopher Le Brun (b. 1951, Portsmouth, UK) has been a celebrated British artist since the early 1980s; he has also been an instrumental public figure in his role as President of the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 2011 to 2019.  His work is in many major museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Tate, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the British Museum, London, UK; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK; The Whitworth, Manchester, UK, and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT. Le Brun lives and works in London.

 

 

"Le Brun’s work has much in common with Rothko’s expansive colour-field paintings, which exploit the relationships between colours and tones to create dynamic pictorial spaces that can be experienced bodily as well as visually. Devoid of figurative representation, they nevertheless hint at landscapes and tactile forms that appear to ebb and flow in rhythmic sequence, encouraging the viewer to move in and through the painted space of the canvas."

Ruth Allen ‘Between splendor and umbrae’: Contemporary Painting’s Classical Tone, The Classical Now, 2018

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Christopher Le Brun Antony and Cleopatra, 2020, oil on canvas, 63 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches

WORKS IN EXHIBITION

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Brie Ruais  Red Push 3 (130lbs), 2017 glazed stoneware 72 x 23 x 14 inches

Brie Ruais

Red Push 3 (130lbs), 2017

glazed stoneware

72 x 23 x 14 inches

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Brie Ruais  Spreading out From Center, 132lbs (Fort Tilden, October 2019), 2019 glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware 78 x 75 x 3 inches

Brie Ruais

Spreading out From Center, 132lbs (Fort Tilden, October 2019), 2019

glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware

78 x 75 x 3 inches

Inquire
Brie Ruais  Spreading out From Center, 132 lbs (Vacant Lot Botanicals September 2019), 2019 glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware 80 x 78 x 2 inches

Brie Ruais

Spreading out From Center, 132 lbs (Vacant Lot Botanicals September 2019), 2019

glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware

80 x 78 x 2 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  Untitled (Antony and Cleopatra), 2020 oil on canvas 63 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Antony and Cleopatra, 2020

oil on canvas

63 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  Woodnotes, 2020 oil on canvas 67 x 86 3/4 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Woodnotes, 2020

oil on canvas

67 x 86 3/4 inches

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Brie Ruais  Currents and Tides, 130lbs and 128lbs, 2020 glazed stoneware, hardware 80 x 57 x 6 inches

Brie Ruais

Currents and Tides, 130lbs and 128lbs, 2020

glazed stoneware, hardware

80 x 57 x 6 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  Aside VI, 2020 oil on two canvases 16 x 31 7/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Aside VI, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

16 x 31 7/8 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  Aside VII , 2020  oil on two canvases  16 x 31 3/4 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Aside VII , 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

16 x 31 3/4 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  Untitled 15.6.20, 2020 oil on two canvases 47 1/2 x 87 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Untitled 15.6.20, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

47 1/2 x 87 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  D23, 2018 oil on paper paper: 59 1/16 x 41 3/8 inches frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

Christopher Le Brun

D23, 2018

oil on paper

paper: 59 1/16 x 41 3/8 inches

frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

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Christopher Le Brun  D24, 2018 oil on paper paper: 59 1/6 x 41 3/8 inches frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

Christopher Le Brun

D24, 2018

oil on paper

paper: 59 1/6 x 41 3/8 inches

frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

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Brie Ruais  Red Push 2 (130lbs), 2017 glazed stoneware 72 x 23 x 14 inches

Brie Ruais

Red Push 2 (130lbs), 2017

glazed stoneware

72 x 23 x 14 inches

Inquire
Christopher Le Brun  Cloud and Cloud, 2020 oil on two canvases canvas: 31 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Cloud and Cloud, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

canvas: 31 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches

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Brie Ruais  Red Push 3 (130lbs), 2017 glazed stoneware 72 x 23 x 14 inches

Brie Ruais

Red Push 3 (130lbs), 2017

glazed stoneware

72 x 23 x 14 inches

Brie Ruais  Spreading out From Center, 132lbs (Fort Tilden, October 2019), 2019 glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware 78 x 75 x 3 inches

Brie Ruais

Spreading out From Center, 132lbs (Fort Tilden, October 2019), 2019

glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware

78 x 75 x 3 inches

Brie Ruais  Spreading out From Center, 132 lbs (Vacant Lot Botanicals September 2019), 2019 glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware 80 x 78 x 2 inches

Brie Ruais

Spreading out From Center, 132 lbs (Vacant Lot Botanicals September 2019), 2019

glazed and pigmented stoneware, hardware

80 x 78 x 2 inches

Christopher Le Brun  Untitled (Antony and Cleopatra), 2020 oil on canvas 63 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Antony and Cleopatra, 2020

oil on canvas

63 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun  Woodnotes, 2020 oil on canvas 67 x 86 3/4 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Woodnotes, 2020

oil on canvas

67 x 86 3/4 inches

Brie Ruais  Currents and Tides, 130lbs and 128lbs, 2020 glazed stoneware, hardware 80 x 57 x 6 inches

Brie Ruais

Currents and Tides, 130lbs and 128lbs, 2020

glazed stoneware, hardware

80 x 57 x 6 inches

Christopher Le Brun  Aside VI, 2020 oil on two canvases 16 x 31 7/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Aside VI, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

16 x 31 7/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun  Aside VII , 2020  oil on two canvases  16 x 31 3/4 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Aside VII , 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

16 x 31 3/4 inches

Christopher Le Brun  Untitled 15.6.20, 2020 oil on two canvases 47 1/2 x 87 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Untitled 15.6.20, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

47 1/2 x 87 inches

Christopher Le Brun  D23, 2018 oil on paper paper: 59 1/16 x 41 3/8 inches frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

Christopher Le Brun

D23, 2018

oil on paper

paper: 59 1/16 x 41 3/8 inches

frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

Christopher Le Brun  D24, 2018 oil on paper paper: 59 1/6 x 41 3/8 inches frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

Christopher Le Brun

D24, 2018

oil on paper

paper: 59 1/6 x 41 3/8 inches

frame: 61 3/8 x 43 1/2 inches

Brie Ruais  Red Push 2 (130lbs), 2017 glazed stoneware 72 x 23 x 14 inches

Brie Ruais

Red Push 2 (130lbs), 2017

glazed stoneware

72 x 23 x 14 inches

Christopher Le Brun  Cloud and Cloud, 2020 oil on two canvases canvas: 31 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches

Christopher Le Brun

Cloud and Cloud, 2020

oil on canvas (diptych)

canvas: 31 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches

INSTALLATION VIEWS

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Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021

Installation view, Brie Ruais & Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2021