bio

Ryan

Cullen

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,

1992

Lives and works in Brussels

Ryan Cullen's X-ray paintings of concealed objects from airport security machines invoke a sense of humiliation, highlighting the humiliating nature of capitalism's "totalizing" imperative. This need to know us entirely is both necessary and impossible, and the focus is less on the objects themselves and more on our own concealment as objects. In the painting "Empire," a business person stands half-submerged in a swimming pool, representing both material and symbolic authority. Their gaze confronts the viewer, while the perspective suggests vulnerability, looking up from a submerged position. These images exist at the intersection of picture and sign/symbol, allowing for a reduction or interpretation in either direction, either towards symbolic abstraction or specific figuration.

Featured artworks & exhibitions

artworks

Empire (a)
2022
oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Empire (b)
2022
oil on canvas
100 x 80
History Painting ii
2023
oil on canvas
70 x 55 cm
History Painting i
2023
oil on canvas
70 x 55 cm

gallery exhibitions & fairs

LE VOEU DU FAISAN
LE VOEU DU FAISAN
Christiane Blattmann, Ryan Cullen, Antonia Phoebe Brown, Rob Birza and Hadrien Gerenton
February 25, 2023
April 8, 2023