a solo show by Ruth Sacks
Presented by Cédric Vincent
Exhibition from the 6th of September to the 6th of October 2007
Opening on the 6th of September at 7 pm
Gallery hours : thurs-sat, 2 pm-8 pm and by appointments
Open Studio (Cortex Athletico)
Open Studio looks like an artist's studio inside a gallery space displaying work in progress to the public. It isn't. The installation is a representation of what an artist's studio might look like. The imaginary character that inhabits the space looks exactly like young South African artist Ruth Sacks and coincidently also shares her name.
Much of the fictional character's work is the same as that which Ruth makes but she also does a lot of things the real person is too shy to do. Like lap dancing. And murdering prominent curators and famous artists.
Open Studio poses wry questions regarding the fictions and truths involved in the business of representation. Through the use of fake books, real and pretend art works and a calculated system of clues, the installation pokes at inconsistencies and myth-making in the contemporary scene. Open Studio uses a combination of make believe, reality and wish fulfilment to create a space in which nothing whatsoever should be trusted.
Ruth Sacks is a South African artist currently living in Paris. She recently completed her MFA degree at the University of Cape Town and really was on the African Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.
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