Ruann Coleman’s artistic practice is based on play, impromptu juxtapositions, experiment, chance and the serendipity of random accident. Mostly free-standing, un-monumental, process-related and at times, in formation, his sculptures combine and amalgamate organic and inorganic found materials such as wood, metal, tape or glass, establishing a rapport with an array of post-minimal practices. Conceptually, his work pivots around the materials of his found objects, their weight, scale, form and balance.
Coleman was born in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa where he currently lives and works. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2014 from the University of Stellenbosch, after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2012. Coleman presented his first solo exhibition Balancing Act at SMAC Gallery Stellenbosch in 2014. His second solo exhibition, Found: Rome, was presented in 2015 at the Luigi Di Sarro Foundation for Contemporary Artistic Research, Rome, Italy, following the completion of foundation’s residency.
South African group exhibitions include; Pooling Our Secrets at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch (2015); Nirox Sculpture Fair (2014) at the Nirox Sculpture Park in Johannesburg; OUT OF CONTEXT (2015) at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg and Back to the Future II – Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present, SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch (2015). In May 2016, Ruann Coleman’s work was included in The Spaces Between Maps, an ABSA curated group exhibition at the KKNK Festival in Oudtshoorn and ABSA Gallery in Johannesburg. Coleman recently participated in a residency at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti XXII CSAV – Artists Research Laboratory in Como, Italy, which culminated in the participants’ group exhibition Aperto, curated by Lorenzo Beneditti, at the Villa Del Grumello.
Coleman’s works are included in the Spier Art Collection, South Africa ; the MAAM Art Museum’s Collection in Rome, Italy and the Centro Luigi di Sarro’s Collection in Rome, Italy.