John Ryan: Polyptych Subsets: Experiments with Paint

15th Dec – 19th Dec
Opens Thursday 15th December 6-8pm

Talk: Sunday 18th Dec at 5pm
Runs daily 12-6pm
Polyptych is an on-running project by John Ryan that examines works that acts collectively and autonomously when exhibited. Ryan’s interest lies not in what one can do with paint but what it can do itself when exposed to the elements, air and gravity.
The installation in the show plays with painting as a genre, acknowledging traditional methods of display, but not abiding to their restrictions. Surfaces on which the paint is applied have been both sourced and found. They function as stages for holding the paint as it makes it transition from a liquid state, to a solid object.
Works are made prior to the exhibition and in the space, specific to the site. Paintings that boarder three dimensionality consume the walls, sculptural objects rise from the floor and hang from the ceiling, transforming both the atmosphere and the architecture of the space.
Alice Rekab and Michael O’Rourke will be discussing Ryan’s work through a number of philosophical readings on Sunday 18th December at 5 pm.