Aïda Ruilova

  • <em>Life Like,</em> video, 2006, Courtesy of Salon 94, New York Life Like, video, 2006, Courtesy of Salon 94, New York
  • <em>Life Like,</em> video, 2006, Courtesy of Salon 94, New York Life Like, video, 2006, Courtesy of Salon 94, New York
     


Artist Biography

Aïda Ruilova creates dark, narrative video works in which cryptic characters and actions conjoin with horror movie aesthetics and elements of the sublime. Using classical cinematic devices and distinctively jarring, low-tech sensibility, Ruilova’s work is imbued with strong formal and associative relationships to music, as well as more visceral experiences of discrete sounds. The audio portion of her videos feature the muttering of evocative or repetitive phrases, heavy breathing, scrunching guitar strings, or vinyl LPs being scraped across cement. These sounds serve to reinforce both the physicality of her editing style, as well as the isolation, claustrophobia, and extreme psychological stresses alluded to throughout her work. The erotic and frenetic nature of her films contains a unique abstraction, with the camera angles and colors formulated together in odd ways. Ruilova—a classically-trained musician and member of the experimental music group Alva—is one of a young generation of artists who employ media with a do-it-yourself aesthetic, often drawing upon contexts—like cinema, music and popular culture—that exist outside the art world.

Aïda Ruilova, born in Wheeling, WV in 1974, was a nominee for the 2006 Hugo Boss Prize, her work has been featured in the Venice Biennial, the Whitney Biennial and the Berlin Biennial. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Flash Art and Art in America among others. Her videos have been exhibited at The Kitchen, New York and the Museum of Modern Art. Projects include selection for the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Performa 2009. Ruilova’s first museum survey exhibition has traveled to the Aspen Art Museum, St Louis Contemporary Museum of Art, Cleveland MOCA and New Orleans Museum of Contemporary Art.