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Irish artist Anthony Ruby's recent figurative paintings are inhabited by figures whose faces are hidden or obscured by hoods, dark glasses or beams of artificial light. The artist combines outdated and obsolete sound location devices used in war with contemporary technology to depict dystopian worlds that simultaneously suggest the past, present and potential future.

The Experiment          Oil on Canvas           55cm x 48cm            2019

"Anthony Ruby's work references eccentric or obsolete forms of technology to communicate a sense of unease and dislocation. His canvases are populated by figures whose faces are obscured by beams of light, by cyborgs and bizarre contraptions, by strange fusions of birds and dogs and skeletal horses. His painterly language, alternating between fogs of turps spatter and hyper smooth glazes, recalls the smeared perfection of a grease smudged phone screen.

Ruby’s calculatedly eccentric iconography however, more steam punk than Silicon Valley, reminds us that these feelings of alienation and anxiety are not new, but are phenomena that date back to the industrial revolution when even Karl Marx warned that dual nature of technology was ‘a demonic force that reduces humans to the conscious limbs of the automaton’. (Karl Marx, 1893)".     Sarah Kelleher 2019

                                

For full Sarah Kelleher text on 'Foghorns and False Beacons'  go to Press/Archive page.

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