Will Ryman is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Ryman uses material to elevate and amplify meaning in his sculpture, painting, and installations. His work gives physical shape to issues associated with industrialization, globalization, historical complexities, and political conundrums.
Ryman first began to investigate these topics in America (2013), his life-sized, gold-painted rendering of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood cabin. Utilizing resources that have driven our country's economy at various times, from corn and cotton to coal and bullets, the work is both a visual survey of capitalism in American history as well as a conceptual sculpture. The piece is in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art. His studio practice is influenced by his own writing experience, other historical affinities, and by his interest in playwrights such as Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett.
Ryman's work has been widely exhibited, including shows at 7 World Trade Center, New York; The Fairchild Botanic Gardens, Florida; The Flatiron Plaza, New York; The Park Avenue Malls, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; and PROSPECT3, New Orleans.
In September 2015, the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York presents a solo exhibition of Will Ryman's work.
Clocktower presents the second annual group exhibition Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, featuring a selection of artists whose work incorporates dynamic and time-based elements, ranging from robotic interactivity to performance events to social intervention. Knockdown Center's cathedral-like complex, with its breathtaking expanse, mysterious sub-chambers, surprise annexes, and hidden pockets is a dream environment for site-specific and installation art. Taken together, the architecture and the artworks transform the space into a surreal bazaar of curiosities for the adventurous. Anxious Spaces exhibits and installations by Will Ryman, Molly Lowe, Tim Bruniges, Aurora Halal, Lucas Abela, Prince Rama, Audra Wolowiec, and Ben Mortimer are on view at Knockdown Center through July 26, 2015 Saturdays and Sundays, from 2 to 6pm. Or by appointment. More on the installations:more