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RYAN BROWNING
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CRUISELANDIA


7 NOVEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER 13, 2014

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Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
 
Ryan Browning Dallas Art Fair 2015 ADA Gallery Cruiselandia

Cruiselandia
gouache and ink on paper in frames
5 x 7', 2014

 

ADA Gallery is proud to present Cruiselandia, a new exhibition of paintings by Ryan Browning. Like maps drawn from a remembrance of an imagined territory, Browning's work explore concepts of space, perspective, and the role images play in the construction of memory.

Regarding the ideas employed within his works, Browning states: "I think about games while painting - especially games that result in stories or abstract narratives, like the role-playing experienced in Dungeons and Dragons or the symbolic movement of conquering armies in Risk. The process of painting is building up a layered surface in a game-like fashion - you’ve got some constraints, but there’s also a lot of room within the fiction of painting or gameplay to explore the unknown. Chance accidents happen, altering the gamer/painter’s stream of thought. You give names to things that are otherwise represented by abstract data, shapes, textures, or systems, and you carve your way into that world by exploring and making changes to it as needed. You get to know the territory. Once it becomes familiar, you begin to inhabit it, tell yourself stories about it.

I’ve been living in Doha, Qatar for the past year, and some of my latest work is derived from/influenced by a couple games of chance I designed to simulate the visual confluence of architecture, fashion, and design that’s so striking here. The entire city is being built and rebuilt within the short span of thirty or so years, and it’s inhabited by expats from around the globe who’ve come to participate in that buildup. Aside from the Qataris themselves, nothing seems standard, and nothing seems permanent. Everything evolves so rapidly that the half-controlled, half-organic growth of the city, its population, and culture, seems like a simulation in and of itself."

Browning earned a BA from Brighman Young University and an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA in Baltimore, MD. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most recently at Mulherin + Pollard Projects in NYC and at UNTITLED Miami with ADA Gallery (2013); and solo and group shows at the Creative Alliance (2012) and School 33 Art Center (2011) in Baltimore, MD; his work has been featured in print in New American Paintings (2011, 2013), and he has participated in residencies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2011) and Harold Arts, OH (2010). he currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar in Doha, Qatar.

Ryan Browning Cruiselandia ADA Gallery November 2014 Richmond VA
Cruiselandia (detail)
 
Peaks Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
Peaks
gouache and ink on paper
19.5 x 15.75 inches, 2014
Ryan Browning Summit Cruiselandia ADA Gallery November 2014 Richmond VA
Summit
gouache and ink on paper
20 x 16 inches, 2014
Highrise Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
Highrise
gouache and ink on paper
29.75 x 22 inches, 2014
Cruiselandia Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
 
Ryan Browning Labyrinth Cruiselandia ADA Gallery November 2014 Richmond VA
Labyrinth
gouache on paper
64.75 x 44.5 inches, 2014
 
Ryan Browning Mountain Stuff 2014 Cruiselandia ADA Gallery Richmonda VA
Mountain Stuff
gouache and watercolor on paper
10 x 10 inches, 2013
 
Ryan Browning In The Future 2014 ADA Gallery Cruiselandia Richmond VA
In the Future
ink, watercolor and gouache on paper
44 x 50 inches, 2014
Ryan Browning Laces Cruiselandia ADA Gallery November 2014 Richmond VA
Laces
gouache on paper
16.5 x 13, 2013
 
Crusty Slice Ryan Browning ADA Gllery
Crusty Slice
gouache on paper
17 5/16 x 21 7/16 inches, 2014
 
Striomine At the Bottom of the World Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
Stripmine At the bottom of the world
Gouache, watercolor and ink on paper in frames
119 x 114 inches, 2012
Ryan Browning Stripmine detail ADA Gallery November 2014 Richmond VA
Cruiselandia Stripmine At The Bottom Of The World Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
Stripmine At the Bottom Of The World Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
Stripmine At The Bottom Of The World Ryan Browning ADA Gallery
Stripmine at the Bottom of the World (details)
 
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