Woooowww was the first expression that comes to my mouth when I have seen the collaboration between Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby.
He was born in Neerpelt (Belgium) in 1968 and he is living and working in Antwerp (Belgium). The most important message Raf Simons wants to communicate is “pride in individuality”. Equally important in Raf Simons approach is the constant quest for innovation. The designs are always looking for the classic references. Throughout the years, with the signature style evolving and maturing, the key elements for fabrics and textures and above all the interplay of pure construction and new shapes with the body and psyche of the contemporary man.
On the other hand, Sterling Ruby was born in LA (USA) and also he is working there too. Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, collage and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered.
Back to the collaboration, they said that the whole collaboration was an exploration of ourselves – trying to collaborate and not be held back any limitations. If Simons is known for a precise eye with minimalist sci-fi tendencies, Ruby’s work is the opposite; spray-painted canvases that look like sprawling landscapes, ceramics that appear to drip and handcrafted mixed media collages.