Fashionably Late for the Relationship, 2007-08 (video still)
R. Luke DuBois—Now will be the first solo museum exhibition for an artist who defies categorization. Over the last decade, New York-based DuBois has produced a prodigious body of work ranging from musical composition and collaborative performance, to large-scale public installations, film, and generative computer works. Typically classed as a “new media” artist, this survey of his work will demonstrate that DuBois operates at the intersections of the visual, the performative, and the time-based mirroring our collective 21st century experience in a world dominated by the hypertext of globalized information.
The mining and metamorphosing of data into art as well as investigations of temporality, two dominant themes explored by DuBois, are represented by, among others, Hindsight is Always 20/20 (2008, commissioned by the Democratic National Convention), A More Perfect Union (2010-2011), Fashionably Late for the Relationship (2008), and Academy (2006) all of which have received national and international critical attention. DuBois’ wide-ranging interest in popular culture forms the basis for works such as the video pieces (Pop) Icon: Britney (2010), Play (2006), and the sound work Billboard (2006). R. Luke DuBois—Now will also feature the premiere of a new video work created by the artist while in residence at The Ringling and will focus on the historical links between the Ringling legacy and the greatest example of collective performance experience: the circus.
This exhibition is a part of The Ringling’s 2013-14 Art of Our Time season supported in part by a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The exhibition is also made possible through the generous support of the Amicus Foundation.