With surgical blades and a meticulous hand, Kim Rugg (b. 1963, Canada) dissects and reassembles newspapers, stamps, comic books, cereal boxes and postage stamps in order to render them conventionally illegible. The front page of the LA Times becomes neatly alphabetized jargon, debunking the illusion of its producers' authority as much as the message itself. Through her re-appropriation of medium and meaning, she effectively highlights the innately slanted nature of the distribution of information as well as its messengers. Rugg has also created hand-drawn works alongside wallpaper installations, both of which toy with authenticity and falsehood through subtle trompe l'oeil.
Rugg received her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (D.C.) and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), and the Norton Museum (FL) among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Galerie Schmidt Maczollek (Cologne), and Nettie Horn Gallery (Manchester), and was the recipient of the Thames and Hudson Prize from the Royal College of Art Society in 2004. She lives and works in London (UK).
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LA Canvas - Mark Moore Gallery: The Kids Are Alright
Urbanist - News Made Meaningless: Meticulous Art by Kim Rugg
Cool Hunting - Cool Hunting Video Presents: Kim Rugg
OC Art Blog - In Metadataphile, artists pirate and hijack technology for our own good
Los Angeles Times - Around the Galleries - Leah Ollman
M.E.N. - Have they got news for you?
Modern Painters - Reviews: Kim Rugg PPOW
Art in America - Suzanne Treister and Kim Rugg at P.P.O.W
Art World Magazine - New Work: Kim Rugg
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