Slade School of Fine Art UCL
Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
Karin Ruggaber makes sculpture as well as producing artist's books. She works with a range of different media considering materials in relation to their dynamic and association with particular activities, or representational function. Recent works include relief sculptures based on inventing, reworking and extending of a growing vocabulary of form, using materials such as concrete, plaster, fabric and wood. Coming out of a studio-based practice the work centres on ideas around ornamentation, figuration, aspects of touch and the haptic as well as the relationship of objects to architectural scale. Principles of ordering and layering are set against the roughness and imprecision of material and surface. Ideas around architecture as manifestation of aspects of territory, visibility, and attitude - as something that holds rather than can be held - form part of the wider project and narrative for the work.
Solo exhibitions include PEER, London, 2013, greengrassi, London in 2012, 2008 and 2005, and Art Now, Tate Britain in 2006. Group exhibitions include British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, and touring, 2010-11; Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester, 2011, The Sculpture Show, V22, London, 2009; Legende, Domaine De Chamarande, Paris, 2008; East International, Norwich, 2007; How to improve the World, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London and Los Vinilos, Buenos Aires, in 2006; The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2005 and Rene Daniels and Karin Ruggaber, Bloomberg SPACE, London, 2002.
2007 - present Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Postgraduate Sculpture.
2000 - present Associate Lecturer, Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL. BA Fine Art.
2011 - 2013 Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London, BA Fine Art.
2006 - 2009 Visiting Lecturer, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford.
2001 - 2008 Associate Lecturer, Camberwell Collge of Arts, UAL. BA Sculpture.
2008 External Examiner, MFA Fine Art, Reading University.
2013-16 External Examiner, BA Fine Art, Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art.
2013-16 External Examiner, MA Art and Space, European Art Practice, Kingston University.
Karla Black & Karin Ruggaber2013
Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Arts Council of Wales
Two person exhibition organised by the Arts Council Collection
An outside of a house2013
PEER, 97/99 Hoxton Street, London N1
Newly commissioned work and an online film work via PEER's website
I don't feel like it: The Indifference of Objects2012
Camberwell Space, London
Group exhibition curated by Florian Roithmayr. With Caroline Achaintre, Jess Flood-Paddock, Alex Heim, Hilary Koob-Sassen and Karin Ruggaber.
Kino Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
"Shorts", 9 video clips produced in collaboration with Sarah Staton. Screening at Flights of Fancy, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin.
Karin Ruggaber - Swiss Church in London2011
Swiss Church in London, 79 Endell St., WC2H
Solo exhibition of new work made in response to the space of the 19th century Swiss Church and its recent renovation by architects Christ and Gantenbein.
Inaugural group exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton in new public gallery designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects. Commissioned piece
Modernism has two faces2011
Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland
Group exhibition curated by Sarah Staton and Simon Bill. With Eva Berendes, Enrico David, Karin Ruggaber, Sarah Staton, Simon Bill.
Rob Tufnell at Sutton Lane, London
Group exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton and Rob Tufnell
Martos Gallery, New York City, USA
Group exhibition of photography curated by Bruce Haines
British Art Show 7, In the Days of the Comet2010
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Hayward Gallery, London and touring to Glasgow and Plymouth
National Touring Exhibition curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton organised by the Hayward Gallery, London.
The Sculpture Show, The Real2009
V22 at the Biscuit Factory, London
Group exhibition curated by Fergal Stapleton
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London
Group exhibition curated by Henry Coleman for Zoo Art Fair 2008
The Krautscho Club2008
Galerie im Regierungviertel, Berlin and 176 Project Space, London
Exhibition curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers for "The Forgotten Bar Project", Berlin and "Material Presence", 176 Project Space, London
greengrassi, 1A Kempsford Road, London
solo exhibition at greengrassi, London
Domaine departemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France
Group exhibition curated by Alexis Vaillant at Chamarande, Essonne. “Created for Department Domain de Chamarande - its 17th century castle, hunting lodge, ice-house, and chapel - the exhibition brings together works of 47 international artists. The works interrogate the artificiality of the current world and render up intensified visions of it…” Artists include David Altmejd, Roger Hiorns, Gedi Sibony, Pae White and Lisa Yuskavage.
Carl Freedman Gallery, London
3 person exhibition curated by Tatiana Echeverri-Fernandez: Wolfgang Breuer, Thomas Humphreys, Karin Ruggaber
EAST International 20072007
Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
Group exhibition selected by Matthew Higgs and Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Los Vinilos - El Basilisco2007
El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Group exhibition curated by Henry Coleman
How to improve the World2006
Hayward Gallery London
Arts Council Collection exhibition curated by Michael Archer and Roger Malbert
Karin Ruggaber, From hard to soft, Art Now, Tate Britain2006
Solo exhibition at Art Now, Tate Britain
The way we work now2005
Camden Arts Centre, London
Group exhibition curated by Bruce Haines with Stuart Cumberland, Roger Hiorns, Adam Gillam, Ian Kiaer, Rachel Kneebone, Karin Ruggaber and Francis Upritchard
mega-süper military style2005
greengrassi, 1A Kempsford Road, London
Vanderborght, Dexia Art Centre, Brussels
Group exhibition curated by Elena Filipovic. With Goshka Macuga, Simon Moretti, Karin Ruggaber, Veit Stratman and Anton Vidokle.
Rene Daniels and Karin Ruggaber2002
Bloomberg Space, London
Frieze Issue 147, 2012. Survey discussion featuring Leonor Antunes, Alice Channer, Thea Djordjadze, Liz Glynn, Charles Long, Christina Mackie, Karin Ruggaber, Kilian Rüthemann, Bojan Šarčević and Nicole Wermers
Edited and foreword by Valerie Napoleone. Text by Jennifer Higgie, Mark Hix. "The collector Valeria Napoleone has made a name for herself by exclusively collecting the work of living women artists, but she has no other limitations--just that the work be something she wants to “live with.” With this book, she combines her two chief passions, pairing her favorite artworks with recipes from her homeland, Italy."
Public lecture at Arnolfini, Bristol
Presentation of my research into fantastical architecture and the integration of the rational with the imaginary - introducing three different manifestations and philosophies around visibility and form through my recent research trips to Tirana/Albania (mayor Edi Rama's city wide facades project); Dornach/Switzerland (Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum and Anthroposophical colony) and Southern Romania to source upscale villas built by the Roma.
5 page project and interview with Megan O'Shea (co-editor)
The book documents and explores the sculptural language and architecture of a series of upscale villas found on a recent journey from Istanbul to Romania.
Artist's book documenting and recording the particular architecture and use of ornamentation in the suburb of Yeşilyurt in Istanbul, Turkey. The book touches on ideas of decoration, ornamentation and organisation of space in relation to sculpture.
The book examines the relationship between materiality, surface and ornament within the city’s architecture. Published with Camden Arts Centre, London alongside "The Way We Work Now", 2005.
Konzerthaus Liederhalle was made in response to the architecture of a concert hall in Stuttgart, Germany built in 1955. The book portrays the building and its functionality, form and incongruous use of materials. The architecture is a mixture of various styles and building methods essentially with a view to integrating its purpose, which is to frame and enable music, visually into the design and making.
artist's book, 8 covers folded
Sarah Staton, Simon Bill, Eva Berendes and Karin Ruggaber in conversation with Dr Dominic Paterson
Presentation of Facade Project for East International 2007, Norwich Gallery
Solo exhibition at Tate Britain, Art Now - in conversation with Katharine Stout