After fabricating more than 4,500 nails in Demiurge’s studio to create Will Ryman’s ‘Bird’ and then shipping it to New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery for his solo show ‘Anyone and No One’, a run of editions are now in the works.
Demiurge will create several more editions of ‘Bird’ throughout the year, including a series of the original 12-foot version as well as 6-foot and 2-foot editions. A few of which will be traveling to China for the Hong Kong International Art Fair, May 17th-20th.
The opening of his “Anyone and No One” exhibit marked a first for Ryman and Paul Kasmin Gallery, as he was the first artist to exhibit in both gallery spaces, located at 293 Tenth Avenue and 515 West 27th Street, simultaneously.
In an interview with White Hot Magazine for a March story, Ryman gives some insight to his style and how the rose along with the use of nails create the artistic contradiction Ryman has become known for. “Well it’s romance, the elite, sophisticated, but also probably the most recognized flower globally,” said Ryman about the choice of the rose. “My work has always been about contradictions, about absurdism, and the human condition…You take a cold, hard material which references aggression and crucifixion, and I make it almost appear soft, that was my intention.”
Ryman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at solo shows at 7 World Trade Center, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, among others. A writer turned artist, Ryman’s work is also heavily influenced by the works of absurdest playwrights and philosophers. He is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery.