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Solo show: Cordy Ryman: Windowboxing (over)

15 January 2011 until 5 March 2011
  Cordy Ryman: Windowboxing
Cordy Ryman, Windowboxing (detail), 2010, acylic + enamel on wood

1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions featuring painted sculptural assemblages by Cordy Ryman and real-time generative digital work by Brandon Morse.

In Cordy Ryman's first solo exhibition with the gallery, he presents a new series of playful works created with paint, wood, metal, Velcro and scraps recycled from his studio floor. Ryman, whose New York solo show was identified this fall as "one of the sleepers of the season" by Roberta Smith, is known for continuous experimentation in constructing, altering, and reconstructing painted geometric forms.

As Ryman intuitively responds to the contours and material qualities of his media, he envisions the eventual habitation of his works on surfaces in architectural environments. The show title, "Windowboxing" (i.e., the solid border that wraps around a tv image when a widescreen picture is refit into a narrower format), suggests how the artist's adaptive process may shape our perceptual experience. Ryman's installations demonstrate this point. In "Windowboxing," an expansive pattern of rectangular wood frames climbs across the surface of the longest wall inside the gallery, and, outside, in "Kamco Wave," an array of boards wraps around a corner to engulf part of the courtyard. Each of these sculptures effects an improbable monumental presence in its context, challenging our ordinary sense of proportion and altering our perception of space.

Ryman's smaller-scale works engage with their surroundings through manipulations of shape, color and light. The thin, wedge-shaped "Red Fade Corner" punctuates the space where two walls of the gallery meet, while wall-mounted pieces color adjacent wall surfaces, as in the case of "Yellow Pink Halo" which reflects pink light, and "Reverse Scrap K," which casts angular shadows. Through finding and making, Ryman explores sculpture and painting as material interactions that give rise to a constant state of becoming. We discover, as we explore with him, that each act and object can become the inspiration for a new idea, physical possibility, or way of seeing.

Previous group exhibitions include Aberrant Abstraction, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS), One More, Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art (Esbjerg, Denmark) and Greater New York 2005 at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center (Long Island City, NY). His work is included in the Microsoft Collection (Redmond, WA) and the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL).

There will be an opening reception Saturday, January 15th from 6 to 8 pm. Artist in attendance.

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