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Artist Statement:

My paintings are relics that reflect reality. Through paint, I am exploring space as a phenomenological experience in that the subject matter is assembled through firsthand exploration. I paint abandoned spaces that resonate with me. Some paintings are made perceptually, and others from photographs. However, my main focus is finding a means to visually transmit the dominant psychological feeling of a person or place. I am attracted to spaces that possess a residue of occupation, the visceral sensation of a human presence. These structures provide a framework  through which I am able to have a conversation about decay, neglect, and what it means to be forgotten.


About the Artist:

Ryan M Schroeder is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2015, and BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 2009. Schroeder has undertaken residencies in China, Europe, and across the United States. Recent exhibitions include 75th Regional Art Exhibition. Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, Things Forgotten: Paintings by Ryan Schroeder and Andy Karnes. Galerie Françoise, Baltimore, MD, Forgotten Places, Richard Harrington, Matt Klos, and Ryan Schroeder. Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, Mutual Interest No.3. Ryan Schroeder, Dana Kotler, Tamalin Baumgarten and Arc Niles. Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, China. He was interviewed by Tasha Mathew, in the magazine, Or Does It Explode: Ryan Schroeder: a Conversation About Decay, Neglect, and What It Means to Be Forgotten, 2016. In 2014, he was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Schroeder is currently the Guest Artist at Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Germany (August-October, 2016).


Image: Spatial Configuration of the Moment, 2015, Oil, acrylic, gouache, marble dust, raw pigment, and chalk on hemp, 106″ x 76″