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The Wild West

Scott Anderson, William Bradley, David Ryan, Jeremy Thomas                            

February 1, 2017—March 12, 2017

 

 

Galerie Richard New York brings together for the first time Scott Anderson, William Bradley, David Ryan and Jeremy Thomas, under the title, “The Wild West.” The artists live in New Mexico, California, and Nevada, and share a strong focus on vivid colors and a playful but meticulous process which engages various techniques with a taste for constant experimentation. Exhibiting from February 1st to March 12th.

 

Scott ANDERSON

Scott Anderson’s recent paintings contain undetermined creatures in a flattened, abstracted three-dimensional space. He finds inspiration from a snippet of memory or a vestigial image lingering in his mind. From this, he works intuitively to excavate something new and transformative. This process results in paintings reminiscent of Post-Modern Abstraction, Mexican Painting, and American Regionalism.

 

William BRADLEY

William Bradley’s art is a working paradox. He unifies apparent spontaneity and energy, characteristic of Abstract Expressionism, with precise details and composition. At first glance, his work seems instant and without careful planning, but a closer look reveals careful consideration and meticulous details. You discover different juxtapositions of time condensed in these unexpected paintings. He deliberately destroys the usual preconceived connection between the visual language and the processes involved and re-infuses conceptual strategy to painting.

 

David RYAN

David Ryan has a reputation for his bas-reliefs sculptures which are composed of entangled layers of monochrome panels, forming complex three-dimension wall sculptures with refined and unusual arrangements of colors. Some of his shapes are very gestural as he usually begins with a simple drawing. Ryan uses multiple materials and techniques such as automatic laser or water cut overlapping PVC panels.

 

Jeremy THOMAS

Jeremy Thomas visually, technically, and conceptually unifies the duality of steel carefully molded by air. This creative process mixes planned procedures and general expectations of shaping, with overall unpredictability. To Jeremy Thomas, “working in material, it's a back-and-forth between the artist says this, the material says that". By injecting air into malleable steel that's heated to about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, he creates and develops a complete new vocabulary of spontaneous, organic, and sensual shapes that playfully mix in other three-dimensional abstract languages.

 

Finally, the fundamental connection between these artists is their focus on oxymorons. Their work merges opposing visual languages and opposing techniques, which forces the viewer to consider these juxtapositions within the context of each work. This new generation of artists indirectly pay tribute to Shirley Kaneda, the first artist to really focus on the concept of visual oxymorons.  By successfully creating harmonious artworks based on oxymorons, one can interpret a positive political and sociological message about the sustainability to live together in harmony.