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Ryan Lee

515 W 26th St, New York
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Bradley Castellanos: Sunshine State
May 25-Jun 29
Opening: Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm


Katy Stone: Holding Time
May 25-Jun 29
Opening: Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm


Sandy Skoglund: Food Still Lifes
Jul 12-Aug 11
RYAN LEE is pleased to present Food Still Lifes, an exhibition of the 1978 photographic series of the same name by Sandy Skoglund. Each of the Food Still Lifes considers the staging and arranging not only of traditional still life compositions but of 70s consumer culture. Though celebrated as early examples of the high-anxiety psychedelic pop tableaux for which Skoglund is best known, The complete series of ten photographs has been exhibited only twice previously. Each image in the series depicts a meticulous arrangement of processed food canned meat or vegetables, marble cake, and cookies against vividly patterned contact papers. These brightly colored surroundings mimic the patterns of the food itself and fill the frame of the image, creating a dizzying perspectival distortion. In Peas on a Plate, a diamond of green peas sits atop a polka-dotted red plate at the center of the image. The spherical shape of the peas is repeated in the polka dots and the background a grid of alternating red, black, and yellow squares each with 16 evenly spaced white circles. The resulting scene is a vibrating layering of color and shape that is both whimsical and disconcerting. Luncheonmeat on a Counter presents a sliced slab of meat laid directly onto marbleized contact paper. Simultaneously alluring and repelling, the variegated swirls of the golden contact paper are reflected in the red and pink color variations of the meat. Three images in the series take this perceptual disruption even further. Orange on Box, Yellow Box, and Two Boxes present angled boxes that are covered by the same repetitively patterned design as the backdrops themselves. As the viewer continues to look, the photographs appear to buzz, recede, and emerge.


Sandy Skoglund: Food Still Lifes
Jul 12-Aug 11
RYAN LEE is pleased to present Food Still Lifes, an exhibition of the 1978 photographic series of the same name by Sandy Skoglund. Each of the Food Still Lifes considers the staging and arranging not only of traditional still life compositions but of 70s consumer culture. Though celebrated as early examples of the high-anxiety psychedelic pop tableaux for which Skoglund is best known, The complete series of ten photographs has been exhibited only twice previously. Each image in the series depicts a meticulous arrangement of processed food canned meat or vegetables, marble cake, and cookies against vividly patterned contact papers. These brightly colored surroundings mimic the patterns of the food itself and fill the frame of the image, creating a dizzying perspectival distortion. In Peas on a Plate, a diamond of green peas sits atop a polka-dotted red plate at the center of the image. The spherical shape of the peas is repeated in the polka dots and the background a grid of alternating red, black, and yellow squares each with 16 evenly spaced white circles. The resulting scene is a vibrating layering of color and shape that is both whimsical and disconcerting. Luncheonmeat on a Counter presents a sliced slab of meat laid directly onto marbleized contact paper. Simultaneously alluring and repelling, the variegated swirls of the golden contact paper are reflected in the red and pink color variations of the meat. Three images in the series take this perceptual disruption even further. Orange on Box, Yellow Box, and Two Boxes present angled boxes that are covered by the same repetitively patterned design as the backdrops themselves. As the viewer continues to look, the photographs appear to buzz, recede, and emerge.


Sandy Skoglund: Food Still Lifes
Jul 12-Aug 11
RYAN LEE is pleased to present Food Still Lifes, an exhibition of the 1978 photographic series of the same name by Sandy Skoglund. Each of the Food Still Lifes considers the staging and arranging not only of traditional still life compositions but of 70s consumer culture. Though celebrated as early examples of the high-anxiety psychedelic pop tableaux for which Skoglund is best known, The complete series of ten photographs has been exhibited only twice previously. Each image in the series depicts a meticulous arrangement of processed food canned meat or vegetables, marble cake, and cookies against vividly patterned contact papers. These brightly colored surroundings mimic the patterns of the food itself and fill the frame of the image, creating a dizzying perspectival distortion. In Peas on a Plate, a diamond of green peas sits atop a polka-dotted red plate at the center of the image. The spherical shape of the peas is repeated in the polka dots and the background a grid of alternating red, black, and yellow squares each with 16 evenly spaced white circles. The resulting scene is a vibrating layering of color and shape that is both whimsical and disconcerting. Luncheonmeat on a Counter presents a sliced slab of meat laid directly onto marbleized contact paper. Simultaneously alluring and repelling, the variegated swirls of the golden contact paper are reflected in the red and pink color variations of the meat. Three images in the series take this perceptual disruption even further. Orange on Box, Yellow Box, and Two Boxes present angled boxes that are covered by the same repetitively patterned design as the backdrops themselves. As the viewer continues to look, the photographs appear to buzz, recede, and emerge.


Clifford Ross: Wood Waves
Jul 12-Aug 11