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Ruben Grilo, W-Scr (Double-uScreen) and V-Scr (VeeScreen) from Screen Alphabet, 2012;Laser Piece No. 3, (projection), 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Rubén Grilo, Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

Rubén Grilo, Pattern-Free. Ripped from Zara (Indigo Version I); Pattern-Free. Ripped from Zara (Indigo Version II); Pattern-Free. Ripped from Zara (Light Blue Version II), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Rubén Grilo, Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

Ruben Grilo, High Five Zara composition (the Pushy Ones). Laser washed and laser cut indigo denim stretched on aluminium frame, snatch buttons, stitching, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Rubén Grilo, 9 Nestle 50 Bites and 3 31 Bites, 3 Milka 32 Bites (Aprox), 10 Lindt 10 Bites, 4 30 Bites and 1 10 Bites (Kind of) 4 Valor 11 Bites and 3 12 Bites. Mixed media, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Rubén Grilo uses different media such as PowerPoint presentations, textiles, laser animation, sound, smell, raw materials, found and industrially produced objects. The work is normally sculptural and takes the form of installations in which complexity, analogies and the physical qualities of display play a major role. His point of departure is the problematic notion of ‘art as information’ from the 1950s and 60s —the alleged intangibility of art versus its necessary process of formalisation, reification and appropriation.

At Gasworks, Grilo continued his research and work on industrialist Samuel Slater, known in North America for making a replica of a British cotton weaving machine in the 1780's.  This focus on Slater relates to the artist’s broader interest in connectivity and the way it helps to shape cultural and technological evolution through the creation of networks. He used reversed engineering to reproduce a number of industrial chocolate moulds, which were assembled modularly.


Rubén Grilo lives in Spain and Germany. Past shows include Mit eigener Hand at Kunstverein Hildesheim (2014), Twenty Thousand Years of Yarn (curated by Grilo) at Future Gallery, Berlin (2014), Drawings of Alien Control at V4ULT, Berlin (2013), The Need for Speed at CIRCA Projects, Newcastle (2013), Sudden Glory at Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid (2012) and Bioscope at Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2012). He was awarded the fellowship of the Botin Foundation, Santander (2013) and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2011-2012).

Rubén Grilo’s residency is supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and is hosted in The Roberts Residency Studio.