Milan based American artist and maker, Kris Ruhs of 10 Corso Como, inhabits The Wapping Project during the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair with three new works installed in the Boiler House from 13 September until 21 October.
An idiosyncratic artist, whose sketches start simply, Ruhs is a maker of sculpture, furniture, environments, ceramics, paintings, books and crafted glass – in fact, he turns his hand to almost anything in his two magnificent industrial spaces in Milan.
Landing on Earth will reflect three aspects of the studios. The entry installation is an 11 metre by 4.5 metre veil of metal through which shards of light and space can be seen. This separation shatters the unity of the Boiler Room’s volume and allows the audience to carve out what it might see. The second installation in the centre will be a series of 240 raku ceramic trees illuminated and suspended from the ceiling. Sitting below is the ‘bowl of heaven’, a highly polished rotating seat that allows the visitor to spin, looking up or down into the suspended forest.
Finally the third construction is built of rubber rescued near Ruhs’ studio in Morocco, that much like the Boiler House itself, was waiting for the right transformational moment to become something new and other; in this case a moving labyrinth bringing together physical sensation, light and dark.
Ruhs says “Space always dictates what I do and this space is unique. The darkness offers a backdrop for light, and light is a major component of my work”.
Educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York in painting and illustrations he also explored jewelry and large scale sculptures and installations. Based in Milan, Ruhs moves regularly between Paris, Marrakesh, and Milan where his work found expression in the design and construction of internationally renowed 10 Corso Como founded by gallerist and publisher Carla Sozzani. An art gallery, design depot, bookshop, publishing house, boutique hotel, eatery and hangout for the elite who traipse through Italy’s fashion and design centre. This cool-hunting zone is an island in the middle of the once forgotten district in Milan which Ruhs has single-handedly turned into a must visit destination.