PK Shop presents a new edition by Will Ryman inspired by his large-scale Park Avenue exhibition in 2011 entitled The Roses on Park Avenue. Ryman has recreated each of the Park Avenue rose formations in a series of 24 x 8 x 7 inch monochromatic maquettes. Crafted from fiberglass and stainless steel, each Ryman Rose maquette is painted black, blue, or red, colors that often recur in his work. Strange and beautiful, familiar, but also potently symbolic, Ryman’s Roses belies a world of complex references.
Born in 1969, Will Ryman lives and works in New York. The Roses, was an outdoor public art installation on the Park Avenue Malls from 57th to 67th streets in New York City. The site-specific installation consisted of 38 sculptures of vividly colored pink and red rose blossoms, some towering as high as 25 feet, complimented by 20 individual rose petals scattered randomly on the median malls. Combining fantasy with reality, The Roses are made of stainless steel and fiberglass, and many of the sculptures contain individual bugs, beetles or bees. Ryman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including 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 absurdist playwrights and philosophers.
61st Street Rose Maquette, 2013
Painted fiberglass and stainless steel
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