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Ry Rocklen

American, b. 1978

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Ry Rocklen

American, b. 1978

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Known for wryly imbuing the mundane with theatricality, absurdity, and grace, Ry Rocklen turns culturally resonant found objects into Marcel Duchamp-inspired readymade sculptures. Examples include a sleep-themed 2010 mixed-media installation aptly titled “ZZZ’s” and a floor made from painted-over thrift store paintings speckled with sculptures such as a tree composed of copper pipes, concrete, a hay bale, and VHS tape (Believe You Me, 2011). Due to its narrative quality and use of visual puns, Rocklen’s work has been described as nonverbal comedic performances. The Harborer (2005), for instance, evokes the misadventures of a sea captain through a pair of yellow wellington boots, filled with cast-resin “ice” and “worn” by a pair of fishing net-entangled crutches—by extrapolating objects from their familiar contexts, Rocklen renders them poetic.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Known for wryly imbuing the mundane with theatricality, absurdity, and grace, Ry Rocklen turns culturally resonant found objects into Marcel Duchamp-inspired readymade sculptures. Examples include a sleep-themed 2010 mixed-media installation aptly titled “ZZZ’s” and a floor made from painted-over thrift store paintings speckled with sculptures such as a tree composed of copper pipes, concrete, a hay bale, and VHS tape (Believe You Me, 2011). Due to its narrative quality and use of visual puns, Rocklen’s work has been described as nonverbal comedic performances. The Harborer (2005), for instance, evokes the misadventures of a sea captain through a pair of yellow wellington boots, filled with cast-resin “ice” and “worn” by a pair of fishing net-entangled crutches—by extrapolating objects from their familiar contexts, Rocklen renders them poetic.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Ry Rocklen
10 Artists to Watch at Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Jan 27th, 2015
10 Artists to Watch at Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Ry Rocklen’s Winning Installation in Miami Beach
Nov 29th, 2013
Ry Rocklen’s Winning Installation in Miami Beach
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