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Ryan Mrozowski
Pierogi
177 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
January 4, 2008 - February 4, 2008


A Look at Ryan Mrozowski
by Nicholas Weist


In his first solo show with Brooklyn's Pierogi Gallery, Ryan Mrozowski explores ideas of mediated experience in luminous acrylic paintings. Each contain multiple figures, usually gathered into a crowd. Often, he places isolated figures that appear to be judging, officiating, recording, or directing the action. The crowds engage in surreal, or perhaps a better description would be suprareal proceedings, like taking humanoid babies out of the bellies of beached sharks or dragging astronauts out of rivers. The scenes are extrapolated out from pastiched found photographs, grounding the spectacular (in all senses of the word) at the threshold of reality. They're just weird enough to jolt you out of complacency with the everyday.

The work repositions cultural experiences as so much showboating, and points out how effete the quiescent Joe Publics in the audience are. But the work, lushly painted and seemingly awash with light, is not damning: it's a mad mad mad mad world, Mrozowski says, but it's kind of neat, isn't it?

- Nicholas Weist


(*Images, from top to bottom: Ryan Mrozowski, Arm in Arm With the Empty Spirit, January 4 - February 4, 2008; Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn; Bird Test, 2007, Acrylic on panel, 24 x 22 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Pierogi Gallery,
BrooklynRyan Mrozowski, Arm in Arm With the Empty Spirit, January 4 - February 4, 2008; Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn; From Their Bellies (Sharks), 2007, Acrylic on panel, 36 x 42 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn.  Ryan Mrozowski, Arm in Arm With the Empty Spirit, January 4 - February 4, 2008; Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn; Pulled From the River (Astronaut), 2007, Acrylic on panel, 36 x 38 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn.)


Posted by Nicholas Weist on 1/6/08

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