Cordy Ryman - Bars blocks Stacks
Stalke Up North
30.08.08 - 27.09.08
Stalke Up North in Gilleleje, Denmark, are pleased to announce the opening of the solo show with young New York artist Cordy Ryman. The show 'bars blocks stacks' presents a selection of his wall-mounted abstract 'paintings' along with several examples of his sculptural and site-specific pieces.
A sense of humour and playfulness is at the heart of Cordy Ryman's constructed creations. Like the artist himself, his work is unpretentious, thoughtful and sincere. Created using materials normally associated with construction, such as 2 x 4s, metal brackets, plywood, particleboard and florescent paint, they self-consciously refer to their own status as constructed objects.
For Cordy Ryman art is a living thing that can multiply to occupy whatever space is available. As a result, Ryman doesn't see abstraction as rigid or conceptual, but rather as an organic and free-flowing force. He strives to create work that is full of life, and builds each piece by responding to what already exists within it. Allowing the process to dictate the direction and evolution of the work, he accepts and "goes with what is there to make something happen."
This openness to the innate qualities of a material or space is part of what makes Ryman's work so appealing. New York critics have commended Ryman for combining aspects of painting, sculpture and architecture, without being heavy handed or giving into irony. It is this genuine responsiveness to his materials that allows Ryman's work to successfully inhabit the space between artistic categories and specific media.
Ryman's work is difficult to define and rife with paradox. Each piece contains a certain amount of tension created by co-existing contradictions - illusion vs. reality, order vs. chaos, symmetry vs. asymmetry. His work invites us to stop and ponder the process of perception - to question how we understand what we see.
Cordy Ryman has exhibited his work widely in the United States and abroad. A graduate with honors of the School of Visual Arts, he is a recipient of the Rhodes Family Award for Excellence. He currently features as the youngest artist at the group show ONE More, curated by Dove Bradshaw, at Esbjerg Art Museum in Denmark, along side names such as Sol Lewitt, Robert Ryman, Carl André, William Anastasi, Merrill Wagner, Dove Bradshaw and others. His work was also included in MOMA / PS1's Greater New York 2005 survey of important contemporary art being produced in New York City.
We welcome you to the opening on Saturday 30. August from 13-17.
Stalke Up North
By Camilla Rohde Madsen