Evolving from the artist's internationally acclaimed exhibition "The Roses" (2011) on Park Avenue in New York City, Will Ryman's colossal "LongHouse 6" (2019) is a paradoxical incarnation of this archetypal flower. Rising from the ground to 24 feet tall, the sculpture's exaggerated scale, artificial appearance, and missing petals it has shed around its base, contribute to an improbable representation of this romanticized symbol of natural beauty and perfection. Interrogating our individual and cultural assumptions, Ryman's work reveals the imperfect and temporary nature of all things.
Will Ryman lives and works in New York City and Amagansett, New York. In 2020 the artist's work will be featured in an exhibition at The Fields at Art Omi in Ghent, NY. Ryman's prior public arts projects include: Will Ryman: La Villette, Parc de La Villette, Paris (2018); Cadillac, College for Creative Studies, Detroit (2017); Bird, Flatiron Plaza, New York (2013); The Roses, Park Avenue, New York (2011). Will Ryman's work has been exhibited at numerous museums and sculpture gardens worldwide including MoMA PS 1, New York; The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and many more.
The LongHouse 6, 2019
Stainless steel, resin, paint
Courtesy of Will Ryman Productions
This installation is made possible in part with the generous support of Katja Goldman and Michael W. Sonnenfeldt, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Suffolk County.