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Kayne Griffin Corcoran is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Liza Ryan consisting of large-scale color phot ographs and a multi-image installation. 

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In this series\, Ryan expl ores the interconnectivity of seemingly disparate elements. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Rare Bloom\, a sculptural installation of 180 photographs mounted to panels of varying thickness.  Rare Bloom’s no n-linear narrative and filmic imagery lead the eye in a variety of directio ns\, expanding the idea that a story can be told and experienced in innumer able ways.

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Central to both the stories and composition of Rare B loom is an image of a woman’s torso in a black jacket\, its button stra ining\, on the verge of popping off.  Throughout the work\, the question ar ises repeatedly: what will bloom once the barely-contained interior is rele ased? Rare Bloom derives its power from this tension. The imagery su ggests a multitude of possibilities that seethe beneath the veneer of ordin ary life.

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In much of her work\, Ryan tests ideas of opposition and duality. Exposing the malleable nature of these perceptions remains at the core of her practice and continues in this series with an exploration of pr econceived notions of the mundane and sensational.

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By opening the Rare Bloom composition with Bloom #3 – an image of a hand waving a fan – R yan repurposes the languid gesture into an unexpected catalyst for the floo d of activity to follow.   In Bloom #1 smoke drifts ominously out of a trashcan against a backdrop of blooming pink azaleas. In I pus h a petal from my gown\, a woman standing calmly before a green landsca pe exhales a plume of fire\, indifferent to the camera’s gaze.   When viewi ng these works\, one gets the sense of witnessing the interminable moment j ust before disaster strikes\, that Pandora’s box is about to be opened. 

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Ryan draws inspiration from a variety of sources including music\, li terature\, and film. In describing her interest in the friction that result s when juxtaposing certain images\, she cites a quote from Robert Olen Butl er\, “When you’re listening to a song\, a certain kind of expectation devel ops harmonically…and when that expectation is set up\, the moment that give s you chill bumps is when the music cuts against the grain. Musicians call it the rub. Two things rub against each other\, and that’s what gives it li fe\, the unexpected thing that nevertheless feels just right.” 

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Liz a Ryan’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She w as one of three American artists selected to exhibit at the Biennale of Syd ney (2006).   She has been included in museum exhibitions at The Rijksmuseu m\, Amsterdam\, Netherlands\; The Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\; Los Angel es County Museum of Art\; and Miami Art Museum. A recent solo exhibition at Hollins University will be supported with a catalog. She has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at Reed College and The Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts. In 2009\, The J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a thirty-foot long multi-paneled photographic work by Ryan through a gift fro m Manfred and Hanna Heiting.  Her work is also held in the permanent collec tions of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art\; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\; the Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\; and the Maison Européen d e la Photographie\, Paris\, among others. Ryan lives and works in Los Angel es.

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DTEND:20120901 DTSTAMP:20140922T073546 DTSTART:20120720 GEO:34.053214;-118.3437887 LOCATION:Kayne Griffin Corcoran\,1201 South La Brea Avenue \nLos Angeles \, CA 90019 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Rare Bloom\, Liza Ryan UID:224324 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120720T210000 DTSTAMP:20140922T073546 DTSTART:20120720T190000 GEO:34.053214;-118.3437887 LOCATION:Kayne Griffin Corcoran\,1201 South La Brea Avenue \nLos Angeles \, CA 90019 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Rare Bloom\, Liza Ryan UID:224325 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR