REYKJAVÍK.- i8 Gallery
announced Eyes Like Ponds, a solo exhibition of new works by Ryan Mrozowski. The show, the artists first with i8, will be on view until 8 October 2022.
Featuring paintings and sculptural wall works, Eyes Like Ponds highlights Mrozowskis signature systematic approach to painting. The artists immersive language, which is rooted in visual and linguistic puzzles, frequently uses botanical subjects to explore elements of presence, absence, and perception. Foliage, fruit, and letters become abstracted in Mrozowskis compositions, as the artist crops and repeats his motifs. The resulting lyrical patterning disrupts the traditional still-life and often reimagines nature with methodical order.
The repetition within the compositions is also reflected in the doubling of canvases, as seen in Mrozowskis pendants. By masking fauna with saturated areas of color, Mrozowski provokes an optical oscillation for the viewer, as ones mind strives to connect the two paintings into a single image. Imbued with vibrancy, the artists diptychs create a distorted mirroring effect that can be found throughout his practice.
In Mrozowskis language paintings, the text acts as a disruptor to his images, similarly to the artists use of pattern play.The letters can be deciphered into words quickly eyes, yes, on, no, noon as linguistic associations become apparent. As with much of his practice, Mrozowskis word paintings possess a digital quality, with his analog style paying subtle homage to the technology of typing, cutting, and pasting.
Ryan Mrozowski was born in 1981 in Pennsylvania, and lives and works between Hudson and Brooklyn, New York, USA. He earned his MFA from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 2005, and his BFA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003. His work has been the subject of exhibitions at international venues including Galerie Nordenhake (Mexico City, Stockholm, Berlin), Ratio 3 (San Francisco), Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles), Simon Lee (London) and Chapter (New York). This is his first exhibition with i8 Gallery.