Allison Ruby is a Minneapolis-based artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, guerrilla intervention, and creative gardening. Plants and trees often serve as both muse and medium in a practice based firmly in contemporary urban life. Allison explores our relationship to what we call “Nature”: how we see it, talk about it, experience it, manipulate it, cherish it, and turn our backs on it.
Hand-milled wood and cheap construction boards, repurposed domestic objects and industrial hardware, fallen sticks and branches, stones, even living plants — these are the materials that form the basis of her practice. She combines them with an unnaturally bright, cartoonish painting palette, pulsating patterns, tangled forms, and an eccentric approach to scale and perspective, untethered by day-to-day reality. She is there to see what you miss; to show what is happening behind the scenes; to draw attention to the activity present in each moment.
Allison has a BFA in Visual Art, with a minor in Horticulture, from the University of Minnesota. Beyond Red Garage Studio, her work has been seen at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the Quarter Gallery, in store window displays, on the West Bank of Minneapolis and the Edina Promenade, as well as unexpectedly encountered on the streets of her neighborhood. Allison is also curator and host of several exhibitions and art events at Red Garage Studio, including her summer series, MANUAL TRANSMISSION, now in its second year.
Allison’s creative practice extends to and intertwines with her expertise in organic gardening and edible landscaping, which draws off a background in permaculture and biodynamic principles and techniques. She offers garden consultation and design services under the name NEW LAWN ORDER, specializing in beautiful, productive and chemical-free landscapes that reach beyond the turf grass lawn.
Red Garage Studio, in South Minneapolis, is the base of operations. A converted garage that serves as woodshop, atelier, classroom, garden shed, pop-up gallery, alter-ego, and party pad.