Heat and Haze

By  |  November 5, 2019
All photos © Eric Ruby All photos © Eric Ruby

Artist: Eric Ruby

Project: Leanen n’ Dreamen

Description: Interested in the ways in which the climate of the South “coalesces with the lifestyle and culture” in the region, Eric Ruby celebrates “light, color, heat, and haze,” in his project Leanen n’ Dreamen, exploring how these atmospheric elements inform a way of life in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Missouri. Ruby’s subjects range from farm animals to domestic stills to unassuming portraits, but his conscientious documentation of light and texture creates a throughline in an otherwise seemingly disjointed collection. Motifs emerge when the faces of portrait subjects are repeatedly hidden in shadow and the glare off a library book’s cellophane dust jacket is echoed in the reflection off a cluttered counter in another frame. By capturing in a range of settings the similar ways in which light falls and shadows form, Ruby identifies a shared experience of life in these places. 

 


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eric Ruby is an artist currently living in the Bay Area. He received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009, and his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2014. He combines his multifaceted interests of bookmaking, fibers, and photography in his own publishing ventures as well as exhibitions. Find more of his work at his website and on Instagram.