Cordy Ryman American, b. 1971

"When you give an object a new function, it becomes alive."  - Cordy Ryman

 

For the past twenty-five years Cordy Ryman’s work has been rooted in manipulating materials across a wide range of scale, including wall, floor, and corner works and installations. He notes, “A lot of my work is about reactions––reactions to elements within materials, between different combined elements within a work, and between the materials and the space around it.” Painting primarily on wood allows him the versatility to expand the work’s viability. The result provides a consistency in form and practice that lends itself to evolving motifs that are only recognizable overtime. The process and method that he has developed can be viewed as a constellation of constant and careful reiteration, like connected branches on a tree.