DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present CORDY RYMAN’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. RYMAN manipulates and reconstitutes an inherited visual language, defining himself in relation to it. His intuitive and spontaneous process is propelled and determined primarily by the characteristics of his media. Manipulating materials such as wood, metal, velcro, Gorilla Glue, staples and scraps from his studio floor, RYMAN’s assemblages are physical and humorous.

A number of new works created for this exhibition, including Trapped Wave, are recycled from Third Wave, a monumental installation work exhibited in RYMAN’s first show with the gallery. The careful consideration of the painted wood and its contours guides the artist in the geometric patterning of his reconstructions. RYMAN’s paintings and sculptures address elements of architecture with rich texture and a vivid color palette. RYMAN’s process allows the work to dictate its own direction and evolution, oftentimes 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 Red Bricks, RYMAN stacks and steps multitudes of painted wood chunks to envelope the gallery’s front window facing wall. Wrapping around the existing wall and facing into the gallery is Scrap Wall, a year’s worth of leftovers monumentally recycled. The works respond to the unique aspects of their placement in a three dimensional manner. The space in many ways becomes a canvas.

RYMAN’s previous solo exhibitions include Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago, IL), Mark Moore Gallery (Santa Monica, CA) and Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin, TX). Previous group exhibitions include Aberrant Abstraction, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS), One More, Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art (Esbjerg, Denmark) and Greater New York 2005 at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center (Long Island City, NY). His work is included in the Microsoft Art Collection (Redmond, WA) and the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL).

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.

Cordy Ryman

September 9 - October 31, 2010
Opens September 12, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Installation Views


Trapped Wave

Cordy Ryman, Trapped Wave, 2010

536 Days

Cordy Ryman, 536 Days, 2010

Double Echo Wave

Cordy Ryman, Double Echo Wave, 2010

Gorilla Lips

Cordy Ryman, Gorilla Lips, 2010

Wave Wedge

Cordy Ryman, Wave Wedge, 2010

Peppermint Ice Cream

Cordy Ryman, Peppermint Ice Cream, 2010

Wave Bias

Cordy Ryman, Wave Bias, 2010

Chipper (Dennis Leave)

Cordy Ryman, Chipper (Dennis Leave), 2010


Cordy Ryman, Dudley!, 2010

Gator Ghost

Cordy Ryman, Gator Ghost, 2010

Invisible Corner

Cordy Ryman, Invisible Corner, 2010

Paul's Van 2

Cordy Ryman, Paul's Van 2, 2010

Control Panel

Cordy Ryman, Control Panel, 2010

Scrap Coil

Cordy Ryman, Scrap Coil, 2010

Strapped Strips

Cordy Ryman, Strapped Strips, 2010

The Situation

Cordy Ryman, The Situation, 2010

Waiting for Christopher

Cordy Ryman, Waiting for Christopher, 2010

Spilled Echo

Cordy Ryman, Spilled Echo, 2010

Wave Hole

Cordy Ryman, Wave Hole, 2010


Cordy Ryman, Bran, 2010

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