NEW YORK, NY.- Chapter NY
announced False Topiary, Ryan Mrozowskis first exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition features a series of recent paintings of topiary mazes and a selection of dog drawings, presented together for the first time.
Mrozowskis practice engages seriality and repetition to reveal unexpected nuance in forms derived from the natural world. His banal subjectsoften sourced from encyclopedic volumesassume new meaning within his constructed environments. He manipulates these easily recognizable, often vaguely pleasant images with painterly interventions that depart from conventional representational methods. Their visual lushness urges a slowed down viewing process, coaxing viewers to delve deeper into the artists imaginative tableaus.
For his exhibition at Chapter, Mrozowski resists his inclination to bend representational imagery towards abstraction. Instead, he begins each painting with an intuitively derived, linear form. He extends these abstract shapes into illusionistic space that is both believable and theatrical. Reminiscent of hedge mazes, or topographic maps, his landscapes provide an unsolvable puzzle. Their impossible shapes present a visual conundrum, oscillating between two-dimensionality and perspectival depth.
In his drawing series, Mrozowski plays with the notion of legibility in visual form. Inspired by art historical etchings, his crude drawings of dogs use similar cross-hatching and mark-making techniques to describe volume and shadow. Drawn with an oil stick, each drawing is comprised of multiple discrete renderings of canines stacked on top of one another. Compressed onto a single plane, their forms become inextricably entangled, existing in a tension of visual brambles.
Mrozowskis two seemingly disparate series are linked by their meandering, interlocking lines. Their forms, whether topiaries or dogs, create an unsettling effect that disrupts natural modes of perception and questions the normalcy of our everyday reality.
Ryan Mrozowski was born in Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2005 he received his MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Simon Lee Gallery, London; Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles; Arcade, London; On Stellar Rays, New York; Art in General, Vilnius, Lithuania; Pierogi, Brooklyn; and Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at: Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Salon 94, New York; Marianne Boesky, New York; Chapter NY, New York; Practice Gallery, Philadelphia; Ziehersmith, New York; Rhodes College Clough-Hansen Gallery, Memphis; Kansas University Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence; The Kitchen, New York; and more. Ryan Mrozowski is represented by Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin.