April 2 – May 30, 2018
Orly Ruaimi is an Israeli artist living and working in San Francisco, California. Ruaimi’s work questions the relationship between the body and adornment through large-scale reconstructions of fashionable wearables and abstract paintings. Manipulating materials such as repurposed steel, bike chains, refrigeration pipes, and mixed-metal, her sculptural “collections” are intended to challenge perceptions of beauty, status, and material wealth.
Ruaimi partnered with a technology company in Silicon Valley in 2013 to incorporate a revolutionary wireless tag in her CYBORG collection, resulting in a solo exhibition at the Cannery Gallery. Driven to push this conceptual relationship to the next level, Ruaimi commenced her second MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2017. In 2017, Ruaimi created a temporary installation entitled I’ll fight you just to get peace in conjunction with the Mel Ziegler exhibition A Living Thing at the Walter McBean Gallery in San Francisco. Her video Risk Management was selected for the MFA Film Festival at New People Cinema, San Francisco, and as an installation to be shown in 2018 at Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.
Ruaimi was awarded the prestigious Murphy and Cadogan Scholarship in 2016. She has completed artist residencies at Otis College of Art and Design, MASS MoCA, and was selected as the first Visiting Artist and Scholar Resident at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and as Visiting Artist and Scholar lecturer for The University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Orly is invited as an artist in residence at HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística in Portugal in 2018.
Ruaimi’s work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Cannery Gallery and Techshop Gallery, as well as at the de Young Museum, Richmond Art Center, Diego Rivera Gallery, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Artcore Brewery Annex Gallery, and Facebook HeadQuarters. She has attained degrees in finance from George Mason University (BS, 2007), an MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts from the Academy of Art University (2015), and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.