Galerie Richard presents a solo show by David Ryan entitled “Submarines
October 17th through November 16th, 2013. This is his first exhibition at Galerie Richard:
New York. The artist has exhibited at Galerie Richard: Paris since 2006. Born in 1971, Ryan
lives and works in Las Vegas. His abstract three-dimensional paintings deliver an unexpected
grace and visual jolt by playing with surfaces, lines and colors in our present world of technical and visual complexity.
Ryan begins as a painter to create bas-reliefs, works that extend the third dimension from an
initial two-dimensional design. From the drawing with lines and colors, Ryan has the ability to
reproduce it by intricately combining only monochrome panels. The lines exist only as empty
spaces or monochrome thin panels. The works are composed of four or five layered panels
which are not simply superimposed but integrated in 3D assemblages. As David Pagel
expressed, “Many of his quirky compositions recall the improbable offspring of a homemade
jigsaw puzzle and a contour map of an intergalactic outpost.”
In this exhibition, Ryan tends
to go to simpler shapes and designs.
The specificity of the new works is the confusion between space and line, and to go further
the transformation of spaces into lines. Previously the works were an arrangement of diverse
flat panels, the junction of their external limit making visual lines. Now the surfaces look like
large brush strokes of paint and they are the lines. Ryan expressed his wish to repay
attention to Abstract Expressionist painting. Instead of smooth, speedy and sensuous lines
like those of sports cars or metallic soft designed objects, they become irregular and
autonomous. In this new set of works, Ryan focuses even more on the relationship of the
center and the border. In several works the new lines encircle the works’ shape. The new
work expands in the wall in new unexpected ways.
divides in two parts,
in several pieces their center is a void revealing the underlying wall.
is a major piece
with an unusual size and the development it expresses. It looks like a red rectangle with a
long horizontal black line on top, the whole surrounded by another black line. In this painting
the black line seems developing in a spontaneous way. It is no more an arrangement of
surfaces but the self-evidence of a line. However lines don’t take such predominance
because Ryan compensates by using even more vivid and brighter colors, their number
limited in each work and carefully considered.
David Ryan’s works are prominently featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in San
Diego, The Las Vegas Art Museum, The Palm Springs Art Museum, the Weissman
Foundation in Los Angeles, and The Borusan Center for Culture and Arts in Istanbul.