Ruby Neri (Reminisce)
Ruby Neri (b. 1970, San Francisco, California, U.S.), aka Reminisce, draws upon 20th century West Coast traditions as well as a global catalogue of art historical and anthropological modes in her art. She depicts the human body as a porous instrument of pleasure, terror and everything in between; which places her within a lineage of recent Los Angeles-based artists that includes Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Liz Larner, while her penchant for hand-driven craft connects her to the Bay Area Figurative and Funk movements. The ceramic vessels that have dominated Neri's production recently evoke both earthy tactility and psychological intimacy. Neri’s use of sprayed glazes links her ceramics to the street art she produced in the late 1990s as a member of what would become the San Francisco-based Mission School, connecting a contemporary urban art form with the archaic power of pre-historical wall-painting and object-making. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), California; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Neri lives and works in Los Angeles.
Craig Costello, Untitled, Reminisce, Church St. SF, 1994. Courtesy of Craig Costello.