Ryan Wallace in San Francisco (CA)

Gallery artist Ryan Wallace will open a solo exhibition of new works at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco (CA) on Friday, June 12, from 6-9pm. Titled “LD50,” the exhibition will showcase Wallace’s trademark mixed-media canvases, and sculptures, as well as a site-specific installation, all of which will remain on view through July 25, 2015.

Says the gallery:

The exhibition title, “LD50,”derives from the technical term “median lethal dose” used by toxicologists to refer to the dose required to kill half, 50%, of a tested population. Wallace borrows this title as a means of exploring what is maximal to the point of detriment. His works test the amount of material and mark that can be done or affixed to a painting, sculpture or exhibition space before it is figuratively, physically or compositionally destroyed. 

In his 1952 essay “The American Action Painters” Harold Rosenberg coined the term “action paintings.” The canvas was no longer considered a hermetic, independent object, but rather became “an arena in which to act” and the finished work was only a residue of the actual work of art – the process of the painting’s creation. Wallace’s work touches upon this in that his studio is the site of production where drop cloths on the floor become the ground upon which he performs, accumulating marks and actions of the making. At first glance, the paintings are indistinguishable from the floor and the heterogeneity of debris upon it. Compositions evolve organically from the interplay of materials in the studio – plaster, concrete, studio detritus, tape, glue, adhesive, tarp, window vinyl, powdered metal -as well as from the interplay of materials that have been cast off, removed, and redacted from previous works.

Wallace was born in 1977 in New York, NY. He 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 other venues. His work is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (CA), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (D.C.), and the Cleveland Clinic (OH), among others. Wallace is also represented by Susan Inglett Gallery (New York), Cooper Cole Gallery (Toronto), and Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles). The artist lives and works in New York.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com


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