Proctor’s actions and performances are often fragile, a momentary push or trigger, as if staging a dare. We find common elements drifting through her work: wind, water, smoke, light; all are used as intangible, moving, quickly dispersed actors in temporarily staged instances.
— Chris Fite-Wassilak
If the Sky Falls, 2017, performance first made for the Whitechapel Gallery, is a walk by the artist that is specific to each location where the performance is held. Leading from one place to another, a trail of smoke is left behind as if drawing within space. The work is a marking of time and place that is both physical and inmaterial, social and spatial, attempting to highlight an always shifting present that cannot be held down, finally existing only in the memory of those who experience it.
Film & Slide show
Working across a variety of media from performance to installation, Ruth Proctor‘s works often explore fleeting moments and the ephemeral, positioning her work and the audience between here and there, now and then.
EXHIBITIONS at Hollybush Gardens
The Sky Is Leaden In The South: An Evocation Through Grey
Andrea Büttner, Helen Cammock, Lubaina Himid, Ellen Lesperance, Liliana Moro, Ruth Proctor, Charlotte Prodger, Lis Rhodes
13 March – 31 July 2020
Every Object is a Thing but not every thing is an object
Eva Fabrégas, Jaimini Patel, Ruth Proctor, Reto Pulfer, Alex Reynolds, Anne Tallentire, Aaron Tan
13 April – 19 May 2018
Sarah Jones [feat. Sanja Todorović], David Panos, Ruth Proctor and work-seth/tallentire
28 July – 1 August 2015
Ruth Proctor: Putting It On
22 May – 27 June 2015
If a Circle Meets Itself
Peles Empire, Esther Ferrer, Sunil Gupta, Lubaina Himid, Fred Lonidier, Eline McGeorge, Ruth Proctor, Joachim Schmid
30 January – 7 March 2015
Reach Out and Touch Me
Helen Cammock, Ruth Proctor and Jay Tan
19 April – 19 May 2013
Ruth Proctor: Luck and Protection
1 – 31 October 2010
Ruth Proctor: The Stranger and the Savant
1 May – 1 June 2008
Ruth Proctor (b. 1980, UK) lives and works in London, UK. Traversing a variety of media, from sculpture to photography to performance, Proctor’s practice often explores ephemerality, place, time and artifice. Her performance works have been presented by the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Museo Nacional de Arte MUNAL, Mexico City (2017) and at the Along Lines Symposium – Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (2017). Significant exhibitions include As if Nothing Happened, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin (2016); Putting It On, Hollybush Gardens, London (2015); Still Not Fixed, John Jones Project Space, London (2015); Risk, Turner Contemporary (2015); On Dynamics and Monuments, Kunstverein Nürnberg, (2015). She was commissioned by Cambridge University to create We Are All Under The Same Sky (2016), a permanent artwork currently installed at The University of Cambridge Primary School, UK.