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Ryan Wallace

Guerrero Gallery is pleased to present (((Ω.))), an exhibition of new work by Ryan Wallace. Pronounced “Omega Point”, the show’s title acts as a representation in text of a term coined by French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Posthumously put forth in his book The Phenomenon of Man, Chardin’s theoretical “Omega Point” describes evolution as a process that leads to increasing complexity, culminating in the unification of consciousness.

As this title serves as symbol for a spoken term, Wallace’s works act as tangible visual representations of abstract interpretations and ideas. It is within this arena of translation that Wallace engages his practice. The artists’ meditations on themes such as Chardin’s manifest themselves in his works on canvas, panel and paper. As (((Ω.))) implies the language of coding, each work seems to speak an idiosyncratic language from its own unique universe. While this language invites interpretation beyond that of Painting, it refuses us any singular or literal one.

Making use of the gallery’s open space and natural lighting Wallace addresses these phenomenon as subject, medium and metaphor. In his heavily layered works he uses opalescent pigments, transparent sheets of Mylar, and even slashes, pulls, folds and curls the canvas. The physicality of these works along with their simultaneous appearance of the micro and macro, push the dialogue of how a painting acts as a picture, an object and as a plane that holds information. In Wallace’s vision information does not remain stagnant. As the viewer walks through the exhibition each surface shifts as the show appears to shimmer and fold. This continuous visual evolution changes with physical vantage point, reinforcing the artists’ concerns of time, light and the human condition.

Born in New York City, Ryan Wallace lives and works in Brooklyn and Amagansett, New York. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a recent recipient of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’ Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop SIP Fellowship. His multimedia works have been exhibited at The Brookyn Academy of Music, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Torrance Art Museum, The Katzen Arts Center at American University and in the Schwartz Collection at Harvard. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Morgan Lehman Gallery and the Wild Project in New York. (((Ω.))) marks Wallace’s first solo effort with Guerrero Gallery and on the Pacific Coast. A book published with Oakland based Land and Sea will be made available on the occasion of the exhibition.