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  ©2009 Ryan Wallace

Minutes to Midnight

by Ryan Wallace

May 18 – July 4, 2009

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Ryan Wallace, Quest (Higgs Boson) 3, 2009, 76”x48”, Oil, Alkyd, Acrylic, Ink, Graphite, Shellac, Cut Paper, Tape, PVA, Mylar on Panel

The Wild Project is pleased to present Minutes to Midnight, Ryan Wallace’s exhibit of paintings, drawings, a print edition and window installation. Wallace’s recent work stems from his studies of current trends and advancements in science, technology and consciousness. He gathers information from books, websites, trade and mass media publications and television. This data is used as starting points for visual solutions which act as meditations on these themes. The title, Minutes to Midnight, is borrowed from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock. The Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction—the figurative midnight. With the repetitious use of apocalyptic dates throughout the exhibition, Wallace emphasizes the melodrama and theatricality of such predictions to subvert their macabre nature. He displays a wry acknowledgment of humanity’s irrational fear and continuous failure to determine life’s meaning through various devices of control while allowing us to believe in a brighter personal dawn.

Ryan Wallace was born in New York City in 1977. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited in galleries and institutions across North America and Europe. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by Envoy Enterprises. Blindspot, the print included in the exhibition, marks his first print edition with Forth Estate.

The Wild Project, a new environmentally conscious venue for contemporary theater, film, and visual arts, is dedicated to supporting the arts by offering space and resources to emerging artists. The first gallery and theatre space in New York City to have a green roof with numerous varieties of plant species, Wild Project's programming intends to cultivate a supportive artistic network, explore innovative and thoughtful approaches to art making and by doing so enrich the local community.

For more information please contact Hilary Schaffner at 212. 228.1195 or info@thewildproject.com.

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