As a response to Mel Ziegler’s work Flag Exchange within A Living Thing at the Walter and McBean Galleries, Orly Ruaimi has installed a site-specific work addressing the internal gallery space as well as the exterior walls. Ruaimi has bisected a 7.5 x 50’ digitized camouflage mural with two 4 x 4‘ steel panels carved with coding language by a CNC automatic plasma cutter. In a political act responding to our current context, she removed a 5 x 5’ piece of wall from the interior of the gallery. The work highlights the space and examines the idea of protection as it pertains to a wall structure as well as to the interior of the individual. The physical remnants from the interior removal will be used to construct an extension of this work later this spring in reference to another Mel Ziegler work (with Kate Ericson) titled From the Making of a House (1995).
On the interior steel panel, etched coding has been cut in a mirrored effect, alluding to the idea of reflection. Engraved into the steel panels are computer code translations of the lyric “I’ll Fight You Just to Get Peace” from rapper MIA’s song “Bucky Done Gun”. MIA’s own history involves displacement caused by the Sri Lankan Civil War for the first eleven years of her life. The edges of these digital translations, marred by burns from the plasma cutter, carry elements of the vulnerability of our humanity. Working with a programmer, Ruaimi translated this specific phrase into C++ coding language. The coding speaks the direct commanding language of the army where there is no room for question or personal challenge without dire consequence.
Orly Ruaimi was born in Israel and currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. She attained a BS degree in Finance in 2007 from George Mason University and an MFA in Jewelry & Metal Arts from the Academy of Art University in 2015. In 2013, she partnered with a technology company in Silicon Valley to incorporate a revolutionary wireless tag in her CYBORG collection. In 2015 Ruaimi commenced a second MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruaimi has had solo shows at Techshop Gallery and Cannery Gallery in San Francisco and is also a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Scholarship.
Orly Ruaimi, I’ll fight you just to get peace (Rapper M.I.A.”Bucky Done Gun”), 2017, Installation View, Walter and McBean Galleries