The work of Ryan Wallace (1977, USA) is shaped through his use of materials, which often consist of previously discarded or disregarded studio detritus. This convergence and strong layering give his canvas surfaces a sculptural tension that creates complex multidimensional and nonlinear spaces. By limiting his palette to neutral colours, with exception of hints of warmer reds and yellows, the works optimally lend themselves to the exploration of formal characteristics inherent in the different materials, especially the relationships between different textures and surface light.
This fragmentation of matter reads as brush strokes, ultimately creating an aesthetic composition that flirts with the history of abstraction and painting. Ryan Wallace was born in 1977 in New York, NY. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant awardee. He has exhibited at Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, USA; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Frans Masreel Center, Kasterlee, Belgium; Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles; and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada, among many others. Wallace lives and works in Brooklyn and East Hampton, New York.