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Ryan McDaniel

My current practice is invested in multiple outlets. In my structure paintings, images of ambiguous frameworks seem incapable of supporting anything but themselves. The image of the painted frameworks appears unfinished, almost as if they were the skeletal structure of a building that lost funding and was left at that exact moment of abandonment. These works speak to the equivocal nature of Painting, that paintings are never finished only abandoned. The paintings are analogous to mental structures in mental spaces an offering that things transition and functioning as an analogy to the facade of persona and stability.

In my figurative works I’m bringing a similar notion of unfinished painting in with wiping away layers of oil paint only to leave a trace of the figure that is left. I’m also interested in bringing together contemporary and classical techniques/imagery.

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