Kathleen Ryan: Cultivator
MIT List Visual Arts Center
February 8–April 21, 2019
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Atrium level
Cambridge, MA 02139

New York-based Kathleen Ryan’s work in sculpture is distinguished by her virtuosic grasp of materials, ranging from poured concrete, cast iron, carved marble, and precious stones, to found objects such as granite machine-mount blocks or bowling balls. Ryan engages with formal sculptural concerns such as volume, weight, pressure, balance, and line, while subtly alluding to the materials’ historical and economic underpinnings, along with frequent references to the human body and classical motifs. Many of her recent works were cast at a nearly defunct iron foundry in Pennsylvania, and in part engage with a declining manufacturing industry that has shaped the economic and social trajectory of communities across the United States. Varying from poetic to deadpan, Ryan’s works are rendered effortlessly light and delicate in spite of their massive industrial materials and manifest weight. Kathleen Ryan: Cultivator is the artist’s North American institutional premiere and will include a number of new works.

Kathleen Ryan (b. 1984, Santa Monica) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted at Cc Foundation, Shanghai; Arsenal, New York; Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna; Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; and Josh Lilley, London. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Simon Lee Gallery, New York; Wentrup Gallery, Berlin; The Pit, Los Angeles; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; and many others. She holds an MFA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Kathleen Ryan: Cultivator is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.