8 Artists Under 40 You Should Have on Your Radar
Ryan Wallace’s work explores the perception of space, the combination of authored and accidental gestures, and how analog information is created, replicated, and presented. His work is sustained through a continuous cycle of creation, destruction, painting, tearing, seaming, de-stretching, and rebuilding. Recent solo exhibitions of Wallace’s work include Susan Inglett Gallery, New York; 56 Henry, New York; Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto; and Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, among others. His work has also been exhibited at Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada Las Vegas; BAM, Brooklyn; Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam; Boeske & Hofland, Leipzig; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Jerome Pauchant Gallery, Paris; and Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York. Wallace’s works can be found in the collections of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA; Watermill Center, Watermill; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, among others. Wallace received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn and East Hampton, New York.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Romer Young Gallery
Much of Ryan Wallace’s practice is preoccupied with scientific inventions or investigations—like the Doomsday Clock, the Omega Point, and the Large Hadron Collider—and theories of the universe, as well as the visualization of information, geography, and data. His curiosity results in chaos-embracing, experimentally formed objects; in speaking about his multimedia works and his use of material, Wallace admits, “I never use anything the right way.” Wallace combines more traditional art mediums, like oil paint, enamel, ink, graphite, PVA, and Mylar, with automotive tints, one-way mirrors, construction materials found around his building, and scraps sourced from his own studio. From these, Wallace makes collages, paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
American, b. 1977, New York, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York