DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present Criminal Minded, RYAN HUMPHREY’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. This show is of and about New York City: what makes it simultaneously so alluring and so difficult; what draws certain people in and repels others; the daily aggravations and the elusive dreams; what can sometimes make it a monument to money and greed. HUMPHREY approaches these dichotomies with a sense of humor and through a modified version of civil disobedience.

Almost all of the components of the exhibition have either been liberated from or found in the public domain of the street. Some works in the exhibition make use of police barricades, newspaper boxes, milk crates, hand painted signage, a bicycle rack, pennies and bottle caps as raw material. Other materials are the residue of crime: automobile glass, a dumped Chanel bag, a stolen computer, cut bicycle locks, a smashed iPhone.

HUMPHREY attentively considers the objects and their cultural resonance. There is even an element of performance in many of the works, as if they are props for a larger event. HUMPHREY is interested in hierarchies of social class and their effect on taste, how “new” money spends as opposed to how “old” money spends: “Sometimes more interesting solutions are better met by those with no money and limited resources.”

HUMPHREY lives and works in New York City. Previous solo exhibitions include Salina Art Center (Salina, KS), Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (Hollywood, FL), The Moudy Gallery at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX) and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO). Group exhibitions include Queens International 4, Queens Museum of Art (NY) and the traveling group exhibition Will Boys be Boys?: Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art, curated by Shamim M. Momin. HUMPHREY completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art, received his MFA from Hunter College in New York and his BFA from Ohio University. He has been included in publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue and on ESPN.

The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 21 Orchard Street (between Canal & Hester).
Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon -6pm.
For further information, please contact Dennis Christie or Ken Tyburski at the gallery.

Ryan Humphrey

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