Beautiful/Decay recently had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Mark Moore Gallery while artist Cordy Ryman was installing his latest exhibition, “Hail to the Grid.” As the show title implues, Ryman both riffs off the conceptual frameworks of minimalism and abstraction, and simultaneously playfully transgresses some of the movements’ core philosopies. While minimalism delights in the precision and rationality of its more reductivist tendencies, at the very core of Ryman’s sensibility is an opposing sense of spontaneity and free-form creation. Many of his works are self-referential, responding to their own materials or processes as sources of inspiration and thematic vocabulary. For instance, the cast off remnants of Velcro used to install a piece to the wall are later integrated into a grid-like abstracted collage, which, in turn, becomes the subject matter for a painting. Ryman delights in the elegance of distilled form, though instills a sense of sincerity in their physicality: hand-cutting, painting and fashioning his constituent parts with an affectionate hand. While a minimalist like Stella, for example, savored the steely finality of his imposing black paintings, Ryman in contrast frequently re-works his pieces, allowing chance and flexibility to enter into the work at any time. Even the installation of works are constantly in flux–shortly after Beautiful/Decay snapped up photographs of Ryman’s installation in process, Ryman called to inform us that one of the pieces was now on the wall and the entire exhibition looked different! Be sure to visit Ryman’s exhibition, opening this Saturday and running until Dec. 21 to see the final results! Full interview with Ryman, including his process for creating works, installation and outlook on art, below.
Kevin Lyons is a beast of a designer, after receiving his masters degree from CalArts in 1998, KevinLyons has worked for Nike, both in and out of house, has been Art Director of Urban Outfitters on two separate occasions and has been Art Director at Girl Skateboard Company. This year Lyons released his own line of toys (UPROCK ANIMALS) through Sony Creative in Japan. He also produced two clothing lines; one for 2K called Atlantis, and the other under his personal namesake, NATURAL BORN. In the midst of all his various design work, Lyons has stayed true to his patented hand-drawn style. He is currently in a group show, at HVW8 gallery in Los Angeles, with fellow CalArts grads Michael Leon & Geoff McFetridge.
Jeffrey Meyer‘s latest investment is creating a series of collages. Maybe not a series, but a bunch of collages. They’re retro and weird and fun and bright and everything we here at Beautiful/Decay love and adore… including space and high-waisted pants.
Melbourne-based photographer Biony Ridley describes her work as an adventure or a fairytale, saying that her lack of organization when it comes to shooting images helps lends her work an element of chance.
Jon MacNair was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan where he developed a love of drawing. After many years of having people tell him “You should be an artist”, he decided to attend The Maryland Institute College of Art where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in illustration. These days Jon can be found doing freelance illustration for many editorial publications. He has also enjoyed success with his fine art, having shown work in galleries across the country.
Artaksiniya is a Russian girl who’s “lifeblood is fashion for the moment.” Her illustrations are whimsical and odd yet altogether quite endearing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her work in Vogue sometime next Spring or something.
The most daring piece of public art ever commissioned in the UK, Turning the Place Over is artist Richard Wilson’s most radical intervention into architecture to date, turning a building in Liverpool’s city centre literally inside out. It runs in daylight hours, triggered by a light sensor. The piece consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool city centre and made to oscillate in three dimensions, resting on a giant rotator usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, it cts as a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours. Amazing!
Pedro Ramos, of Sydney, Austrailia by way of Madeira Island (Portugal, I had to look it up), has a nostalgic, snapshot kind of style to his photographs. Looking at his photos, you feel like you were there during all of these adventures he’s documented.