OBJECT IN HAIR ROOM & OTHER ARRAYS // Ryan Fontaine // 9.29.2016 – 11.12.2016


Ryan Fontaine — Object in Hair Room

San Francisco-based artist RYAN FONTAINE moved to Minneapolis and put a shit ton of elbow grease into the new gallery in one short month to ready it for this exhibition of 14 new works. The FrontRoom included oil paintings in a large variety of materials including gold pigment, found objects, and epoxy resin. Fontaine’s fascination with masking tape evidenced in stencils of strips of tape, molds of balled up tape, the molds themselves on display. So many hairs. BackRoom was prepared half-white/half-black and lit for precise shadowing through former recording studio windows bringing drama to three works encompassing Eclipsed Hair Room. Similarly, the 3 works in the Basement were presented as an array — In Other Rooms. The viewer corralled down a narrow path to reach the tall, curvy, bound forms that were self-lighting, projecting the 2-d painting on Calendar.

>> On November 11, H+N hosted Gas Gallery and Press’ Evening of Words and Sounds: Beth Chekola, Mary Lodu, Bryce Beverlin II.

>> An artist conversation about the show between Ryan Fontaine and writer/curator Sheila Dickinson on a wicked cold night so soon after the election inspired talk about the art and the role of art in the Big Picture.