Ruth Proctor

Performance

Raising Dust, 2017, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Raising Dust, 2017, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Raising Dust, 2017, Whitechapel Gallery, London

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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, Smoke Walk, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania 2017

If The Sky Falls, 2017

If The Sky Falls, 2017

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. 

If The Sky Falls, 2017, Museo Nacional de Arte MUNAL, Mexico City

If The Sky Falls, 2017, Museo Nacional de Arte MUNAL, Mexico City

If The Sky Falls, 2018 Seydisfjordur, Iceland

If The Sky Falls, 2018 Seydisfjordur, Iceland

All My Failures Turning into a Hill, 2015, performance during STUDIO, Hollybush Gardens, London

All My Failures Turning into a Hill, 2015, performance during STUDIO, Hollybush Gardens, London

Film & Slide show

Syncro skating drawing (Team Torino), 2014, slide show

Syncro skating drawing (Team Torino), 2014, slide show

Syncro skating drawing (Team Torino), 2014, slide show

Syncro skating drawing (Team Torino), 2014, instructions

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Super Ruda, 2010, slide show [still]

Drum Dance, 2010, 16 mm, B+W, silent film, hand tinted elements, 3’00” [loop]

Something Wonderful will Happen, 2014, Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia, Foreground Projects Frome, Somerset

Something Wonderful will Happen, 2014, Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia, Foreground Projects Frome, Somerset

Something Wonderful will Happen, 2014, Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia, Foreground Projects Frome, Somerset

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Ok, Set, Drop, 2013, Turner Contemporary, Margate

Ok, Set, Drop, 2013, Turner Contemporary, Margate

Ok, Set, Drop, 2013, Turner Contemporary, Margate

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Le Double, 2008, 2 x 16 mm film projection, 1’30” [loop]

Installation

Putting it on, 2015, jacket, embroidery, hangers and hooks, dimensions variable
Smoke Signals, 2015, silk scarves, shemagh, paper, table cloths, gold dust, stones, cards and found objects, dimensions variable

Smoke Signals, 2015, silk scarves, shemagh, paper, table cloths, gold dust, stones, cards and found objects, 90.5 x 88.5 cm

Smoke Signals, 2015, silk scarves, shemagh, paper, table cloths, gold dust, stones, cards and found objects, 80 x 77 cm

Smoke Signals, 2015, silk scarves, shemagh, paper, table cloths, gold dust, stones, cards and found objects, 90.5 x 91 cm

Smoke Signals, 2015, silk scarves, shemagh, paper, table cloths, gold dust, stones, cards and found objects, 112.5 x 126 cm

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Got My Eyes on You, 2014 – 2016, white emulsion, finger drawing on window, dimensions variable

Got My Eyes on You, 2014 – 2016, white emulsion, finger drawing on window, dimensions variable [detail]

Got My Eyes on You, 2014 – 2016, white emulsion, finger drawing on window, dimensions variable [detail]

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Sculpture

Time Machine, 2015, claw machine, soft toys,
178 x 77 x 98.50 cm

Time Machine, 2015, claw machine, soft toys,
178 x 77 x 98.50 cm

Time Machine, 2015, claw machine, soft toys,
178 x 77 x 98.50 cm

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I See You Like Everything (London), 2013, multicoloured forecourt bunting, rubber tyre marks, 300 x 1000 cm [approx]
Popova’s Dream, 2008, paper, watercolour, green felt, wood, 192 x 47 x 56 cm
You and the Moon, 2008, plywood, green felt, acetate, ping-pong ball, wood, 88 x 65 cm

Change of Edge (Moustache), 2007, mixed media

Contort Yourself, 2007, mixed media

Wall work

Freedom of Movement (Aourir), 2018, mixed fabrics, 290 x 280 cm

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.

Untitled, 2006, spray paint on manuscript paper,
35 x 26 x 2.50 cm [framed]
Untitled (#15), 2006, spray paint on manuscript paper,
35 x 26 x 2.50 cm [framed]
Untitled 1 (Orange Experiment), 2016, flare residue caught on archival paper, 150 x 140 cm

Untitled 1 (Orange Experiment), 2016, flare residue caught on archival paper, 150 x 140 cm [detail]

Untitled 3 (Orange Experiment), 2016, flare residue caught on archival paper, 140 x 150 cm
Untitled 4 (Orange Experiment), 2016, flare residue caught on archival paper, 140 x 150 cm
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Smoke Drawing, 2015, flare residue on archival paper, 29.7 x 21 cm [each archival paper]

Photo Booth Dance 2, 2016, photo booth photograph,
30 x 24 cm
Photo Booth Dance 1, 2016, photo booth photograph,
30 x 24 cm
Untitled, 2009, found manuscript paper, white and black pencil, 34.40 x 54 cm
Untitled, 2009, found manuscript, white pencil, pencil, pen, 34.40 x 26 cm

Untitled, 2009, found manuscript, white pencil, pencil, pen, 34.40 x 26 cm [detail]

Texts

Hollybush Issue 3: Ruth Proctor
Essay by Chris Fite-Wassilak

Review: Ruth Proctor at Hollybush Gardens, London
By Alex Borkowski, thisistomorrow, June 2015

Ruth Proctor: Love and Protection
By Sally Mumby-Croft, thisistomorrow, October 2010

BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

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