James Kelly Contemporary

David Ryan: Glitches & Fixes

David Ryan: Glitches & Fixes

Friday, March 25, 2011Saturday, May 7, 2011


Santa Fe, NM USA

Opening reception for the artist: Friday, March 25th, 2011 5:00-7:00 pm

James Kelly Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by David Ryan. This will be his first solo show with the gallery.

Ryan takes the everyday building material, MDF, and transforms it into beautifully rendered three-dimensional paintings of vivid color and shape. He uses optically guided lasers to trace his hand drawn patterns, which are then spray painted in vivid hues and assembled. The constructed images amorphic shape and brilliant color make the paintings appear to float off of the wall.

Ryan carefully assembles the multiple layers of painted MDF on top of each other allowing glimpses of the underlying layers to interact and build upon the overall color composition. Completely abstract, the paintings are grounded in art historical traditions from Arp and McLaughlin to the Finish-Fetishists.

Highly influenced by custom paint jobs on hot rods and electronics Ryan’s compressed three dimensional organic forms transcend their lowly material in an exploration of color, form, line and shape.

Ryan received his BFA from the University of Texas, Austin before pursuing his MFA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied under Dave Hickey. His work has been exhibited internationally in both gallery and museum shows.

The artist will be in attendance for the opening at James Kelly Contemporary, on March 25th from 5-7 pm.