Ryan Brown "Various Small Lots"

Y Gallery (319 Grand St.)

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Y Gallery presents Various Small Lots by Ryan Brown, his second solo show at the gallery. The drawings and photographs in this series conjure a suggestion of an object which may have been but is no longer present. The large drawings adopt the format of the art auction catalog as a metaphor for the exhausted, expired and re-contextualized original. The rectangular images within the neutral space of the jagged picture frame serve as familiar strangers that one recognizes but remain anonymous. Monumental in scale yet seemingly delicate in nature the deteriorating pages appear to be either on the verge of becoming trash or historical treasure. Brown employs a wide range of methods and mediums in order to transform the material from new to old thus mimicking the aging effects of time.

The photographs offer a curious semi-historical glimpse into the creative process. If the drawings imply the afterlife of the authentic original, the photographic stills seem to witness its place of origin. Brown stages and reenacts these quintessential artist studio shots that further emphasize a dislocation of time and provide little information as to the identity of the artist. Various Small
Lots balances the tensions of conflicts of opposites vis-a-vis representation, abstraction, present, absent, real, imaginary, willful, accidental, not by tranversing the space between but by resting at the point where they converge.



from May 03, 2012 to June 17, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-05-04 from 18:00 to 21:00


Ryan Brown

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