Cordy Ryman (born 1971 in New York) organizes pieces of wood into rough but elegant systems. It is as if a gleeful colorist took to Louis Nevelson’s formal wood assemblages, sandblasted them up, and cheerfully added quixotic and colorful painted marks across the multitude of shapes, spaces, and designs. He reuses materials from past projects so that each iteration of his work is a comment on and evolution of what has come before. Ryman’s are sculptural objects that rely on a wall but then do everything they can to make you forget that the flat supporting plane exists.
Cordy Ryman received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts/Art Education in 1997. His work has been exhibited at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY; Visual Arts Center, New Jersey, NJ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY; The Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY and Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art, Esbjerg, Denmark. His work is in the collection of the Microsoft Art Collection, Raussmuller Collection, Rubell Family Collection, The Speyer Family Collection, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami.