Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present 'The Standard Model', an exhibition of mixed-media painting and sculpture by Ryan Wallace. Elaborating on the aesthetic and conceptual content of his previous show, "Redactor," Wallace has developed a body of work that investigates notions of materiality, spontaneity, and the plasticity of perception.
Recently previewed on Artsy Editorial, Wallace’s compositions embody a metaphysical dichotomy both on an aesthetic and conceptual level. Visually, his stratified abstractions are simultaneously evocative of both aerial and microscopic perspectives, yet they are assembled from recognizable “life size” elements of industrial materials. This duality of material quality is central to Wallace’s practice and is further evident in his methods of creation. By allowing compositions to evolve organically from the interplay of materials that have been cast off, removed, and redacted from previous works, Wallace puts to practice the philosophical paradox of creation through removal, wherein the waste of one system becomes the structure of another. Similarly, the sculptural works (which Wallace will show in Los Angeles for the first time), are made of statuary hydrocal and concrete compounds, and are designed to exploit the material failure and disintegration of their respective materials.
Concurrently on view in Gallery Two is "A Swollen Light Behind The Eye," an inaugural solo exhibition in Gallery Two by contemporary ceramicist and sculpture artist, Meghan Smythe. Deriving inspiration from James Arthur Baldwin's theory of dishonest sentimentality, the artist explores the process of recounted memory – as well as emotion's tendency to obfuscate motive.
Working within the tradition of the monument, the exhibition presents a theatrical choreography. Memories relating to youth, the familial, cyclical states, and chaos are made manifest through gesture and a fusion of contradictions. Smythe captures conflicting extremes within her compositions: intimacy and brutality, beauty and ugliness, or the lewd and tender. In her attempt to achieve an "elegant vulgarity," she encapsulates moments that define our mortality in unanticipated ways; oftentimes toeing the delicate line between erotic and macabre tendencies that give way to life, and ultimately death. Says the artist, "I work in and out of representation to find a visual lexicon where the weight of an archetype gives way. At this breaking point, lunacy meets levity and the indulgent narrative falters, turns back on itself, and is ultimately undone." Glass, ceramic, and concrete are woven together in an elaborate, orgy-like web of body parts and organic artifacts, as if suddenly cast within Pompeii-like circumstances. Like excavated antiquities or fossils, Smythe's glazed materials allude to the recurrent nature of civilization, and our perpetual hunt for the sublime - a dramedy in which all of the players are subject to conquest and demise.
Smythe (b. 1984, Kingston, ON) received her MFA from the Alfred University School of Art and Design (NY). She is the winner of 5790projects' 2013 Moore Family Trust Prize, through which this exhibition was made possible. Her work has been shown at the Arizona State University Art Museum (AZ) and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (ON). She was the Visiting Artist in Residence at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014, where she continues to teach Ceramic Arts. The artist lives and works in Long Beach, CA.
Wallace received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RI). He was the 2011 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and has had solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. He has also shown work at the Frans Masereel Center (Belgium), Torrance Art Museum (CA), Katzen Arts Center (D.C.), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), and numerous other venues around the world. His work is featured in the public collections of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (D.C.), the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (CA), and the Cleveland Clinic (OH), among others. Wallace is also represented by Cooper Cole Gallery (Toronto), Marianne Friis Gallery (Copenhagen), and Susan Inglett Gallery (New York). The artist lives and works in New York.
Source: Mark Moore Gallery