Aby Ruiz, La ley 2010. Oil and spray paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.
Sea un Payaso, at the Arecibo Museum of Art and History in Puerto Rico, gathers new paintings and drawings by artist Aby Ruíz, where he continues to pursue an ample exploration of the clown as an entertaining but deceitful character. Ruíz uses a combination of oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas to produce his works. In them, the clown is displayed in its typical attire and makeup, but something in their regard evokes sinister sentiments.
In our culture and society, the figure of the clown has taken many twists and turns. From court jester, to circus performer to frightening killer clown in class B horror movies, these characters appeal to our innermost feelings. A sad or vicious clown seems paradoxical, but such a true image. In Ruíz’s work, we are confronted with these feelings, pulling our emotions from childhood memories to more symbolic social constructions. Their grotesque features, outrageous costumes and typical red nose, lends itself perfectly to these types of associations, which at the end are left for each viewer to make their own.
Aby Ruiz, Florido 2010. Oil and spray paint on canvas (left). Juguetes 2010. Plastic guns and metal wagon (right). Images courtesy of the artist.
Aby Ruiz, Payalandia 2010. Oil and spray paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.
Aby Ruiz, Remedio santo, 2010. Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas (left). Triptico amarillo 2010. Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas (right). Image courtesy of the artist.