DCKT Contemporary presents CORDY RYMAN’s solo exhibition of new abstract paintings, sculptures and installations. RYMAN uses traditional and non-traditional media such as paint, wood, metal, felt tip pen, velcro, staples and floor sweepings.

Tinged with humor, RYMAN’s works often contain reflected colors as well as real and painted shadows. The works play with illusion versus reality and attachment versus detachment. RYMAN manipulates and reconstitutes an inherited visual language, defining himself in relation to it.

RYMAN works in two basic modes. The first is simply working without a clear path or specific means to an end. In the work V3, strips of velcro recycled from a previous work are arranged on a rough cut piece of wood in an orderly yet imprecise fashion. Some rows are horizontal, some diagonal and others vertical. The careful consideration of the wood and its contours guides the artist in the patterning. The resulting work undulates with yellows, browns and whites with a glow of hot pink across the top. RYMAN’s process allows the work to dictate its own direction and evolution, sometimes referring back to other pieces or ideas and often referencing the materials used.

RYMAN also works in an architectural mode where he creates a dialogue between his work and its surroundings. These spaces can be specific in location or as common as a 90 degree corner. In the sculptural installation 193 Stairs, RYMAN stacks and steps multitudes of painted wood chunks to form a triangle on the wall. The work responds to the unique aspects of its placement in a three dimensional manner. The space in some ways becomes a kind of canvas.

RYMAN’s previous solo exhibitions include Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York, NY), Traver Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Stalke Up North (Gilleleje, Denmark). Previous group exhibitions include One More, Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art (Esbjerg, Denmark), Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York, NY) and Greater New York 2005 at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center (Long Island City, NY).

The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 195 Bowery (at Spring Street).
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday, noon – 6pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm.

For further information, please contact Dennis Christie or Ken Tyburski at the gallery.


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Cordy Ryman

January 10 - February 14, 2009
Opens January 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views


Third Wave

Cordy Ryman, Third Wave, 2008

Golden Block Set

Cordy Ryman, Golden Block Set, 2008

193 Stairs

Cordy Ryman, 193 Stairs, 2008-09


Cordy Ryman, Checker, 2008

Coil 2

Cordy Ryman, Coil 2, 2008

Swatch Stroke

Cordy Ryman, Swatch Stroke, 2008


Cordy Ryman, V8, 2008


Cordy Ryman, V3, 2008


Cordy Ryman, V5, 2008

Gold and Grey

Cordy Ryman, Gold and Grey, 2007


Cordy Ryman, Octopus, 2008

Grey Fold

Cordy Ryman, Grey Fold, 2008

Stitched Block

Cordy Ryman, Stitched Block, 2008

Yellow Spine

Cordy Ryman, Yellow Spine, 2008

Red Frosting

Cordy Ryman, Red Frosting, 2008

Raw Chips

Cordy Ryman, Raw Chips, 2008

Pink Staple 2

Cordy Ryman, Pink Staple 2, 2008

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