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Diversification of a species or single anc estral type into several forms that are each adaptively specialized to a sp ecific environmental niche. [i]

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DODGEgallery is pleased to present Adaptive Radiation\ , Cordy Ryman’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Ryman will include a major installation scaling the floor and wall of the inner gallery. Other interjections will punctuate the space among wall-hung constructions. 

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Stacked blocks\, radiating hues\, leaning 2x4’s\, stapled Velcro\, ass embled paint sticks and stuck debris populate the crevasses and forms of ea ch of Ryman’s works\, as well as the rooms they inhabit. Ryman prefers a lo gical geometry of repeated forms\, while being equally committed to found a rrangements that interrupt themselves. The freedom of imperfection and play determine much of his process. Whether one attributes a piece to the categ ory of installation\, sculpture or painting seems loosely relevant here\; t he frame of the room\, the squared form of a painting\, and the modernist i ndependence of an object are more directive than constraining. Ryman’s work s resemble compulsive counting—with hiccups. Unexpected and irregular intru sions of pattern persist.

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The repeated blocks that comprise each co mposition are Ryman’s signature material: 2x4’s. Most works begin with this recognizable building block\, which Ryman further cuts\, segments\, paints \, abuts and stacks\, never obscuring the original form of the familiar\, u nremarkable lumber. Mill cut edges are always present and intermixed with t he artist’s own saw cuts. Rough surfaces\, complete with dings and splinter s provide matter-of-fact evidence that mirrors the spontaneous and willful nature of Ryman’s process. Nothing is perfect. 

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Working with a rang e of paint types including fluorescent\, acrylic\, pearlescent\, spray\, en amel and other industrial paints\, Ryman gives equal priority to color and materiality. He often asks color to physically perform. Muted tones are con trasted by bright edges that bounce hue onto surrounding architecture. Refl ected color defines each work’s boundaries\, while inhabiting less tangible \, exterior spaces. Ryman’s titles often humorously suggest the potential f or action\, as if each piece required exertion to exist—or could liberate i tself from a stationary existence. Perhaps Ryman’s ultimate gesture is maki ng work from his own recycled pieces\, as if his art is itself spawning and adapting.

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Cordy Ryman was born in 1971 in New York\, NY. He received his BFA\, with honors\, from the School of Visual Fine Arts/Art E ducation in 1997. His work has been exhibited widely at public institutions including PS1 Contemporary Art Center\, Long Island\, NY\; Visual Arts Cen ter\, New Jersey\, NJ\; Museum of Contemporary Art\, Miami\, FL\; Universit y of Connecticut\, Storrs\, CT\; Bronx River Art Center\, Bronx\, NY\; Esbj erg Museum of Modern Art\, Esbjerg\, Denmark. Gallery exhibitions include D CKT Contemporary\, New York\, NY\; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery\, New York\, NY \; Lora Reynolds Gallery\, Austin\, TX\; Kavi Gupta\, Chicago\, IL\; Stalke Galleri\, Kirke Saaby\, Denmark\; Thomas Rehbein Galerie\, Koln\, Germany\ ; and Loyal\, Stockholm\, Sweden. Ryman was the 2006 recipient of the Helen Foster Barnett Prize from the National Academy Museum. His work has been r eviewed in the The New York Times\, The Brooklyn Rail\, Frieze\, BOMB Ma gazine\, Artforum\, Art in America\, and Time Out NY. In the spr ing of 2013\, Ryman will install a large public commission at Michigan Stat e University. His work is in the collection of the Microsoft Art Collection \, Raussmuller Collection\, Rubell Family Collection\, The Speyer Family Co llection\, and the Museum of Contemporary Art\, Miami. Ryman lives and work s in New York\, NY.

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[i]   The Free Dictionary\, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/adaptive+radiation

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DTEND:20130512 DTSTAMP:20141220T080304 DTSTART:20130406 GEO:40.7212706;-73.9924758 LOCATION:DODGE Gallery\,15 Rivington Street \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Adaptive Radiation\, Cordy Ryman UID:260878 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130406T200000 DTSTAMP:20141220T080305 DTSTART:20130406T180000 GEO:40.7212706;-73.9924758 LOCATION:DODGE Gallery\,15 Rivington Street \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Adaptive Radiation\, Cordy Ryman UID:260879 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR