Sometimes the best experiences are the ones you don’t plan for. It was your typical Thursday art night on the Lower East Side and after several gallery runs that one more stop could be overkill. However, walking into Y Gallery that it was an impressive body of work and the best part was the quiet din of the space which you don’t get on opening night receptions. The Ryan Brown show In Someways It Is had opened last May 9th and last June 19th, we were just fortunate to step into the space. The large-scale work encapsulated simple forms of squares but in its abstract milieu of creased or torn pages that it became a visual portal to the artist’s skewed but beautiful world. Evoking the color fields and squares of Mark Rothko, Brown provided a mood laden body of work that is more intimate despite its hefty size. The perfect quadrant is in a state of destruction but yet it turned into an emotional plane to scrutinize and get lost for a while. There are volumes to be said when the work exudes a dedicated focus and labor of love that eases our of the creator’s hands then fully realized when captured in the sight of the observer. Sublime experiences can be had not only at the beginning but also in the endings. The last bloom wilting under the hot sun, an ember that dies in the gray ash heap, a wisp of smoke from a snuffed out candle, and the last leaf falling off before winter blows in – all of these things are profound slices of beauty. At a final glance, we are just lucky to partake of the visual banquet that’s over but eternally memorable.
Ryan Brown: In Someways It Is / Opened last May 9th and show ends June 22nd
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday (12 to 7 pm)
Y Gallery. 165 Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002.
To learn more about Y Gallery and its programs, visit them at: http://www.ygallerynewyork.com
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by: Olya Turcihin