kathleen ryan shows grotesque and glimmering ‘bad fruit’ at karma NYC

kathleen ryan shows grotesque and glimmering ‘bad fruit’ at karma NYC


following an online exhibition last september, kathleen ryan installs her intricate rotting fruits at karma gallery in new york’s east village. with this in-person exhibition, the new york-based artist heralds in the summer season as new yorkers continue to vaccinate and the city opens its doors — and it’s just the right show for it. the rich textural quality of these beaded sculptures must be seen in person and from every angle. massive fruits with organically grown mold and rotting rinds are rendered with meticulously handcrafted beadwork. a bin piled with ‘bad cherries’ and an enormous jack-o-lantern show the depth of kathleen ryan’s work. the interior surface of the warty pumpkin is bejeweled with a spectacular show of vibrantly spotting mold.

kathleen ryan bad fruit
bad cherries, 2021 | all images © kathleen ryan, courtesy of karma

 

 

at new york’s karma gallery, each of kathleen ryan‘s bad fruits is paired with an impressive list of the stones used in their creation — including freshwater pearls,  turquoise, rose quartz, amber, pink opal, and amethyst. these solid rocks used to render soft and fleshy fruit may leave the viewer with an uncanny sense of unease. karma gallery notes: ‘the sculptures embody contradictions: the illusory weightlessness of their heavy forms; the insinuations of both kitsch and refinement; the negotiation between allegorical, historical musings and the stoic present.’ the exhibition will show at karma gallery until june 19th, 2021.

kathleen ryan bad fruit
bad cherries with daisy chain, 2021

kathleen ryan bad fruit
bad cherries, 2021 (detail)

kathleen ryan shows her grotesque and glimmering 'bad fruit' at new york's karma gallery
bad cherries, 2021 (detail)

kathleen ryan shows her grotesque and glimmering 'bad fruit' at new york's karma gallery
karma gallery installation view

kathleen ryan shows her grotesque and glimmering 'bad fruit' at new york's karma gallery
bad lemon (sea witch), 2020

kathleen ryan shows her grotesque and glimmering 'bad fruit' at new york's karma gallery
bad lemon (sea witch), 2020 (detail)

kathleen ryan shows her grotesque and glimmering 'bad fruit' at new york's karma gallery
bad lemon (armadillo), 2021

kathleen ryan bad fruit
jackie, 2021

kathleen ryan bad fruit
jackie, 2021 (detail)

kathleen ryan bad fruit
jackie, 2021 

 

 

project info:

 

author: kathleen ryan

location: karma gallery

address: 188 & 172 east 2nd street, new york, NY

date: may 6th — june 19th, 2021



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