January 10, 2014 – February 19, 2014
Project Room: RYAN SYRELL
Opening Reception: January 10, 2014 7pm-10pm
Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE is proud to present ART STAR, a solo exhibition by Michael Scoggins. In conjunction, Guest Spot Project Space will feature Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point, a series of works by Baltimore-based artist, Ryan Syrell. Opening Friday January 10, 2014, the works will be on view through February 19, 2014. A discussion on the topic of Sustainable Practices will be held in conjunction with the closing on February 19, 2014, 5pm-7pm.
ART STAR, a solo exhibition of new works by Michael Scoggins, examines the artist’s psyche with respect to career stardom. Like a page out of a notebook, Scoggins’ insight into political Americana is voiced by his alter ego Michael S., a child-like persona created by Scoggins. While Scoggins’ inspiration is based on comics and superheros, which are generally morally monochromatic in nature, Scoggins confronts the realism of current issues with a bliss of complex satire and irony. In ART STAR, Scoggins turns his sights to the art world and it’s eagerness to cash-in on social, market, and pop culture trends.
Art schools champion increasing enrollment and traditional arts institutions desperately struggle to avoid alienating the general public. Within this context, there are growing misconceptions about the path to obtaining a “career artist” status. As the art stardom zeitgeist settles in the minds of young, eager practitioners, the reality of “making it big” consumes the artist’s psyche. These art world antics reflect the rhetoric of an unsettled institutional mode, which resemble a lead box of Kryptonite for those who are naive enough to think that artists are in control of their own fates.
Michael Scoggins was born in Washington, DC in 1973 and gained an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. In 2003 Michael attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Michael has gained international recognition and gallery representation in Atlanta, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Vienna and Seoul. His works have been added to some notable collections including, but not limited to, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Michael has had works exhibited in over twenty solo shows, fifty curated group exhibitions, and written about in countless publication
Ryan Syrell: Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point
January 10, 2014 – February 19, 2014
The works in Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point address issues of the gestalt formal construction of visual objects, as well as the malleable nature of content. Syrell combines his recent exploration of miniature “behind-the-scenes” art world imagery with an intensive study of the formal and conceptual properties of de Kooning’s 1963 Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point. Placing these elements in proximity to one another, the work explores the forced incongruity between intent, execution, and content.
A fifty-year-old abstract painting composed with direct reference to a specific landscape is used as a diagram or blueprint in the construction and layout of these sculptures. What happens to content when these two distinct visual languages are forced to co-exist and act upon one another; when an abstract painting with imagery rooted in real-world observation is, in turn, used as reference for a further iteration of physical actualities?
The sculptures in Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point encourage a multiplicity of readings and modes of looking. They seek to operate in the tremulous and shifting zone of content comprised of abstract painting, landscape reference, recognizable objects, and miniature interiors.
Ryan Syrell (b. 1984, Oswego, NY) is a visual artist interested in investigating the interplay between painting and sculpture. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and has exhibited and performed internationally. He has recently shown at Furthermore (Washington, DC) and Camel Art Space (Brooklyn), and had a solo show, Painted Woods, at Current Space in Baltimore. Catalogs featuring Syrell’s essays are in the collections of the LACMA library, the International Center for Photography library, and the Indie Photobook Library. Syrell was chosen by guest curator Mera Rubell for inclusion in the WPA’s Select 2014 auction, held at Artisphere (VA). A preview of work from this auction will be presented by the WPA and hosted by the Marianne Boesky gallery.
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