Kim Rugg

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America, 2013 / ink on paper / 28 x 42 inches
Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX)


Kim Rugg and Ryan Wallace Interviews

Cool Hunting Video: Kim Rugg from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

Artist Biography

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. In her maps, Rugg re-envisions the topography of various states, countries, continents, and even the world without borders, featuring a staggeringly precise hand-drawn layout with only city names and regions as reference points. In own sense of abstracted cartography, Rugg redistributes traditional map colors (or eliminates them entirely) in order to nullify the social preeminence given to constructed territories, and highlight the idea that our attention is manipulated to focus on the powerful few instead of the physical many.
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), the Norton Museum (FL), and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX) 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).

For a full biography and curriculum vitae, please click the PDF download link below.


Kim Rugg

Kim Rugg

Oct 19 – Nov 16, 2013



Jan 8 – Feb 12, 2011

Kim Rugg

Kim Rugg

Feb 13 – Mar 13, 2010

Kim Rugg

Kim Rugg

Oct 6 – Nov 10, 2007

Selected Press

Art in America - Kim Rugg Review

art ltd - Kim Rugg at Mark Moore Gallery

Statements 24 - Kim Rugg

Wall Street International - Kim Rugg. Patterns of Landscape

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

Art Info - Armory Week: A Year Later, A Fair Better