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Anders Ruhwald’s practice typically incorporates clay, sometimes he is working the material to create components for elaborate installations, at other times to create subtle, singular objects, which can be small in scale or large and freestanding. No matter the final yield, he uses clay as an extension of body and mind, allowing the medium to record movements, both intentional and unintentional. The resulting work speaks through the material’s presence, communicating directly through its weight, scale, composition, surface, and color. Accordingly, Ruhwald considers himself a form-giver – an artist who processes consciousness through his chosen element, using the visual language of form and space, while accessing the histories of both decorative and fine art.

Anders Ruhwald (b. 1974, Randers, Denmark) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2005. Ruhwald had solo exhibitions at several institutions both nationally and abroad, including Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH); Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesborough, UK); The Museum of Art and Design (Copenhagen, Denmark); and the Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI). His work is included in over 20 public museum collections, such as The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Denver Art Museum; The Detroit Institute of Art; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; The National Museum, Sweden; and Yingge

Artworks

Anders Ruhwald
Old Man (Tullio), 2018
Glazed ceramic and yellow zinc plated steel
66 x 19 x 23.5 inches
(167.5 x 42.5 x 60 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Old Man (The Future), 2018
Glazed ceramic and yellow zinc plated steel
68 x 22 x 18 inches
(173 x 56 x 46 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Old Man (Walker), 2018
Glazed ceramic and yellow zinc plated steel
67 x 21 x 17 inches
(170 x 53.5 x 43 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Three Pillars, 2017
Glazed earthenware
57.75 x 16.5 x 16 inches
(146.5 x 42 x 40.5 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Be Your Victoria, 2017
Glazed earthenware
51.5 x 16 x 15.75 inches
(130.8 x 40.6 x 40 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Index (Blow), 2017
Glazed earthenware
56.75 x 15.25 x 12.75 inches
(144 x 39 x 32.5 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Glasur Stykke #35, 2017
Glazed earthenware
9 x 13 x 13 inches
(23 x 33 x 33 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Glasur Stykke #37, 2017
Glazed earthenware
9.5 x 18 x 18 inches
(24 x 46 x 46 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Glasur Stykke #34, 2017
Glazed earthenware
17.5 x 13 x 13 inches
(44.5 x 33 x 33 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Glasur Stykke #32, 2017
Glazed earthenware
13 x 13 x 13 inches
(13 x 13 x 13 cm)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski

Anders Ruhwald
Section #3, 2016
Charred wood
36 x 24 inches
(91.5 x 61 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Anders Ruhwald
A Tree That Fell In The Back Yard, Version A & B, 2015
Found wood (American Linden), charred Mahogany
44 x 12 x 12 inches each
(112 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm each)
Photograph by Ryan Debolski