Cordy Ryman studio, November 2008. Courtesy of DCKT Contemporary.
DCKT Contemporary presents CORDY RYMAN’s solo exhibition of new abstract paintings, sculptures and installations. RYMAN uses traditional and non-traditional media such as paint, wood, metal, felt tip pen, velcro, staples and floor sweepings.
Tinged with humor, RYMAN’s works often contain reflected colors as well as real and painted shadows. The works play with illusion versus reality and attachment versus detachment. RYMAN manipulates and reconstitutes an inherited visual language, defining himself in relation to it.
RYMAN works in two basic modes. The first is simply working without a clear path or specific means to an end. In the work V3, strips of velcro recycled from a previous work are arranged on a rough cut piece of wood in an orderly yet imprecise fashion. Some rows are horizontal, some diagonal and others vertical. The careful consideration of the wood and its contours guides the artist in the patterning. The resulting work undulates with yellows, browns and whites with a glow of hot pink across the top. RYMAN’s process allows the work to dictate its own direction and evolution, sometimes referring back to other pieces or ideas and often referencing the materials used.
RYMAN also works in an architectural mode where he creates a dialogue between his work and its surroundings. These spaces can be specific in location or as common as a 90 degree corner. In the sculptural installation Red Wall, RYMAN stacks and steps multitudes of painted wood chunks to form a triangle on the wall. The work responds to the unique aspects of its placement in a three dimensional manner. The space in some ways becomes a kind of canvas.
RYMAN’s previous solo exhibitions include Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York, NY), Traver Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Stalke Up North (Gilleleje, Denmark). Previous group exhibitions include One More, Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art (Esbjerb, Denmark), Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York, NY) and Greater New York 2005 at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center (Long Island City, NY).