STERLING RUBY’S ART
I started to look at art when I was really, really young—long before I discovered design and fashion—but I didn’t collect it until I began teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2000. It was a side job, so I thought I’d use the extra money to buy art, and I decided early on to buy work only from artists of my generation. There were different people coming up at the time, and one of them was Sterling Ruby. He is the artist that I collect the most, and I am very, very happy to have a daily confrontation with it.
His work touches so many different disciplines—collage, photography, painting, sculpture, performance. Often you don’t know what you are looking at, but it goes into my head, and it doesn’t come out. I like the links he makes to important artists he’s obsessed with—like Robert Mapplethorpe and Lucio Fontana—and I like the way he investigates society and how it works. You can never tell why he is obsessed with something, but it’s always very, very deep. I’m like, “If you want to enter the world of Sterling Ruby, good luck.”
Photography by Willy Vanderperre