X: a Performance considers the significance of the letter X. From chromosome X to a time marker and void filler, Gabriela Ruiz explores the multiple uses and varying definitions of X. Ruiz works with multiple mediums including sound, film, sculpture, and installation. Her live performances use surprise, surrealism and elaborate installations to create rich visceral environments that contemplate emotion and meaning within culture and identity.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Gabriela Ruiz has presented her work in art institutions, nightlife venues, and public interventions. Her performance Cruz Azul was presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2018, where she also collaborated with artist Rafa Esparza on his exhibition de la Calle. Named after her moniker “Leather Papi,” Ruiz’s fashion line was founded in 2014 and includes gender-neutral designs inspired by BDSM culture and mixes kink, queer, and Mexican iconographies. Ruiz has been the subject of digital and print features in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, GOOD Magazine, Hyperallergic, KCET, and Remezcla, among others.