Ruby City

Ruby City

ADAM— 2013 TO… N MAIN STREET

Arturo Herrera, ADAM, 2012

A dynamic artistic addition to the heart of the city, easily visible from Main Plaza, installed in the winter of 2013. Adam, a 2,500 square-foot red-and-white abstract wall painting by internationally acclaimed Venezuelan-born artist Arturo Herrera, draws the attention of residents and visitors alike adding color, vibrancy and great artistic value to the city’s cultural and spiritual center. Adam embraces and fulfills the Ruby City’s mission for the community to experience contemporary art in nontraditional settings.

“The inspiration for the wall painting Adam was about movement, the dynamism of abstraction, and a soaring energetic field, like Spring, when everything awakens,” Herrera said. “The title Adam brings several images to mind: An earthbound beginning; human; humankind. It is a powerful and yet open-ended title that can convey multiple readings to the audience. The color red that I chose for Adam was intentional as red is the color associated with heat, power, physical energy and celebration. Coincidently, red was Linda Pace‘s favorite color, both for its physical and spiritual qualities.”

“The color red that I chose for Adam was intentional as red is the color associated with heat, power, physical energy and celebration. Coincidently, red was Linda Pace‘s favorite color, both for its physical and spiritual qualities.”

-Arturo Herrera

DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINEZ— 2006 TO… STUDIO

Daniel Joseph Martinez, A MEDITATION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF ROMANTIC LOVE OR WHERE YOU GOIN’ WITH THAT GUN IN YOUR HAND, BOBBY SEALE AND HUEY NEWTON DISCUSS THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EXPRESSIONISM AND SOCIAL REALITY PRESENT IN HITLER’S PAINTINGS, 2007

Daniel Joseph Martinez (b. 1957, Los Angeles, California) tackles questions of race, identity and the body in his multi-disciplinary work. He is known for his institutional critique method where he addresses systems and standards in the Art World and unapologetically probes uncomfortable issues of personal and collective identity. With both strategy and humor in mind, Martinez deploys a full range of available media in his practice including text, image, sculpture, video and performance to construct his unique brand of aesthetic inquiry. The permanent collection boasts multiple works by Martinez including two permanent installations outside Studio at Ruby City.  

“A MEDITATION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF ROMANTIC LOVE OR WHERE YOU GOIN’ WITH THAT GUN IN YOUR HAND, BOBBY SEALE AND HUEY NEWTON DISCUSS THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EXPRESSIONISM AND SOCIAL REALITY PRESENT IN HITLER’S PAINTINGS”

Daniel Joseph Martinez, Beauty…it rubs against one’s tongue it hangs there hurting one insisting its own existence finally it gets so one cannot stand the pain then one must have beauty extracted, 2006