For Ryan HUMPHREY’s first exhibition with DCKT Contemporary, the artist will show round paintings made to resemble practice targets in a variety of diameters. At first glance the paintings are seemingly decorative but upon closer examination one sees that they have in fact been riddled with bullet holes.

HUMPHREY’s negotiations of the pitfalls of capitalism and his existence within the contradictions of the class system are facets of his life experience. The paintings have been titled to reference adverse events with individuals, the pettiness of the “art world” and engagement with larger entities. HUMPHREY questions the assimilation of art within the home decorating industry and the use of artworks as accessories. The paintings are consciously benign and decorative yet wounded, raw, unforgiving and purposely devalued.

HUMPHREY will have a solo exhibition, Empty Thoughts, Lame Excuses and Decorative Lies, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, from April 7 through July 2, 2006. HUMPHREY is included in the ICI organized traveling group exhibition Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art, curated by Shamim M. Momin. Upcoming venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Ryan Humphrey

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