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Sarah Cascone, Artnet news, December 7, 2021

6. “Brie Ruais: Some Things I Know About Being in a Body” at Albertz Benda, New York

For the last 10 years, Brie Ruais has made each of her gestural sculptures from 130 pounds of clay, matching her body weight. This past August, she harvested clay from the wild for the first time, collecting hundreds of pounds of clay from a small New Mexican clay quarry. But the site became more than just a source of raw materials, with Ruais using a drone camera to capture the live performance of making art in the quarry’s wet clay. The show includes the resulting video, Digging In, Digging Out (2021), as well as sculptures made back in her Brooklyn studio from the New Mexico clay.


Location: Albertz Benda, 515 West 26th Street, New York 

Price: Free

Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m