Update: Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan McLaughlin, Demeter, 2017, oil on canvas on board, 15 1/2 x 24 inches.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last time I saw a solo of Ryan McLaughlin’s endearing, small-scale paintings was in 2013 at Laurel Gitlen, a painting-friendly LES gallery that closed a little over a year ago. His enigmatic work, conjuring the dry, flat surfaces of 1940s easel-size abstraction, incorporates fragmented pieces of text, code, and other symbols. According to a recent email, Gitlen has teamed up with Adams and Ollman, a Portland, Oregon, gallery that readers may have seen on the art fair circuit in the past few years, to present McLaughlin’s new work. Here are some images from the exhibition, Mclauglin’s first in Portland. It runs through June 3, 2017.

Ryan McLaughlin, Untitled, 2017, oil on linen on MDF, 43 x 28 inches.
Installation view of “Prius Wig,” Adams and Ollman.
Ryan McLaughlin, Untitled, 2017, oil on linen on MDF, 36 x 21 3/4 inches.
Ryan McLaughlin, Untitled, 2017, oil on canvas on board, 15 1/2 x 24 inches.
Ryan McLaughlin, Frostel, 2017, oil on linen on MDF, 22 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches.
Installation view of “Prius Wig,” Adams and Ollman.
Ryan McLaughlin, Untitled, 2017, oil on linen on MDF, 36 x 25 inches.
From the press release:
Ryan McLaughlin (born 1980, Worcester, MA) received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Recent solo exhibitions include “Impreza Earth (2016),” David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; “TraffiQ,” Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; “Lacus PM,” Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; “Raisins,” Laurel Gitlen, New York City; and “Barbara (I and II)” at Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin. McLaughlin’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Metro Pictures, Sikkema Jenkins, both New York; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; Off Vendome, Dusseldorf.

“Ryan McLaughlin: Prius Wig,” Adams and Ollman, Portland, Oregon. Through June 3, 2017.

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