515 W 26th St,
New York, NY 10001
Last summer, Brie Ruais visited a small New Mexican quarry to harvest hundreds of pounds of wild clay from a muddy basin with her own two hands. She then created sculptures using 130 pounds of that clay—equal to her body weight—that she shapes and embeds by spreading, pushing, tearing open, and scraping away, a movement arising from the idea that one’s experience of the world is centered in the body. The ensuing mounted circular sculptures call to mind geological terrain and center on voids that serve as portals and passageways through holes gouged into the gallery’s walls, speaking to the pleasure and struggle in the ongoing search for understanding the depth of the self, others, and the world.