John Ryan
@ Temple Bar Gallery & Studios
Apr – May 2013

Cling is a new installation by John Ryan. Having been granted the first floor atrium of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, John will be exhibiting a large site specific installation alongside new studio work.

John is interested in oils and plastics as both subjects of conceptual consumption and as vibrant materials that act on their own accord. For this exhibition, John has created a large body of work that will consume the walls of the atrium. These works act autonomously while at the same time conceptually and materially clinging to one another. Collectively, they form one large work: Cling.

Previously, John’s practice has been built around one phenomenon: paint is a liquid when removed from a tube and then solidifies as a response to air and gravity. In this new installation, the paint remains wet. Captured and tamed to stay fluid, this awkwardly malleablesubstance is used to form rugged yet fragile objects, lush and disturbing in their materiality.

John Ryan is an artist based in Pallas Projects in The Coombe. Recent group exhibitions have taken place in Block T in Smithfield; The Drawing Project in Dun Laoghaire; Beerslambert Contemporary in London; The Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London and Basic Space on Vicar Street. His first solo exhibition Polyptych Subsets: Experiments With Paint took place in The Joinery in Stoneybatter in December of 2011. He is the 2011 recipient of The Gilchrist-Fischer Award. In August 2013 his work will feature in the University of Minnesota Press publication Prismatic Ecologies: Ecotheory Beyond Green by literary theorist Jeffrey Jerome Cohen.

FLOORONEGALLERY is a curatorial project by Temple Bar Gallery & Studios member Jim Ricks. It will feature three exhibitions this spring on the first floor only. In keeping with theme ‘Generation’ and events celebrating the Studio’s 30th anniversary, this gallery will utilise the atrium space, an area of the building that was once used regularly for exhibitions. It follows an interest in activating unused and overlooked spaces, acting as agency for young artists and experimental projects, and encouraging uninhibited exhibition making.

1st Floor, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland