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SELECTED WORKS BY Ry Fyan

The Metropolitan Meth Silo
Ry Fyan
The Metropolitan Meth Silo

2006

Acrylic and ink on panel

30.5 x 35.6 cm
Ry Fyan’s dystopian architectural fantasies have all the complexity and meticulous visual invention of, as the artist puts it, “drawings on a notebook from childhood.” Improvisational in method, yet drawn from a number of remembered sources, Fyan’s drawings represent a bleak vision of American power. In The Metropolitan Meth Silo, a many-turreted castle, US flags flapping from its pinnacles, crouches on the horizon against a sickly sky. Small human figures scuttle in its shadow, but there’s no sense of the building being enterable; its grand arches seem bricked-up, a vision of authority at odds with the world around it. The drawing’s title makes some unnervingly jarring references to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the epidemic of methamphetamine abuse in America, the juxtaposition calling upon different structures of power in its feverish collision of signs.
Hood Rich
Ry Fyan
Hood Rich

2007

Ink, acrylic & pencil on paper

31.8 x 39.4 cm
The image’s original source, a 1903 photograph of a ‘Corn Palace’ in North Dakota – a huge temporary structure built annually of dried corn, made to celebrate agricultural abundance – gives the image its densely worked patterning and alarming swastika (actually a Native American symbol, but its resonances would be hard to miss). As in Fyan’s Hood Rich, the iconography of American power appears to have created its own enclosure – it’s both fortress and prison. A stack of Sudafed boxes (their contents the raw material for making meth) epitomize Fyan’s vision of the rotten heart of corporate America; the drawings’ dreamlike specificity and imaginative glee saves them from dogma.
The Cactus Bird
Ry Fyan
The Cactus Bird

2007

Acrylic on board

22.9 x 35.6 cm
The Reason Why So Many Things In This Life Are An Outrage Is Because You're So Gentle
Ry Fyan
The Reason Why So Many Things In This Life Are An Outrage Is Because You're So Gentle

2007

Acrylic and enamel on panel

50.8 x 50.8 cm
Still One Place Left To Go
Ry Fyan
Still One Place Left To Go

2006

Acrylic on board

58.5cm x 66cm
No and Yes (Senór Frog's)
Ry Fyan
No and Yes (Senór Frog's)

2007

Acrylic and enamel on wood panel

127 x 172.7 cm
Spontaneous Self Organization
Ry Fyan
Spontaneous Self Organization

2008

Oil and acrylic on wood panel

182.9 x 213.4 cm
The Things in Front of the Eye

The Things in Front of the Eye

The Things in Front of the Eye

Ry Fyan
The Things in Front of the Eye

2006

Acrylic, enamel, ink on metal plate

Painting: 43.2 x 49.5 Viewing Device: 63.5cm long
Text by Ben Street

Ry Fyan's BIOGRAPHY

Ry Fyan
Born in 1978 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2009
Ry Fyan- Half Gallery, NYC

2008
Ry Fyan- Perry Rubenstein gallery- 527 West 23 Street, NYC


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Portrait of a Generation, The Hole Gallery, NYC

2011
New York Minute- Garage Center for Contemporary Culture- GCCC, Moscow
I Fought the X and the X won- Muzel de Artă Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

2010
The Coke Factory - Ritter/Zamet, London (England)
PortugalArte10 - PortugalArte, Lisbon
Nothing to see here. Move along. - Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX
Nothing to see here. Move along. - CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

2009
Out of Order, Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC
New York Minute: 60 Artisti della scena newsorchese- MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Rome
American Art Now, LES Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008
Bargain Prices on Elephant Gun, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens
Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigram Gallery, New Bond Street, London

2007
With Teeth, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, NYC
Panic Room- works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Centre For Contemporary Art Athens

2006
American Concentration Camp, The Proposition, NYC

2004
Majority Whip, White Box, New York City

2003
Ben In, Rivington Arms, NYC

2002
Session the Bowl, Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, NYC

2001
Don’t Be Scared, Rivington Arms, NYC