Ryan McCoy: To Sleep in Flames and Dream of Rain

on view: October 14 - December 16, 2017

Ryan McCoy’s haunting and lyrical works are rooted in the languages of abstraction and minimalism. Baby powder, sea water, pine needles, straw, rust, and other materials are combined to create new iconographies about time, place, and memory. Disparate pieces of the past are transformed into artifacts of an ever-fleeting present. Isolation, longing, alienation, and impermanence are key underlying themes in this body of work, created over the past twelve years. McCoy’s exhibition, To Sleep in Flames and Dream of Rain places these themes against the backdrop of today’s political, social, and economic turbulence. Through his collision of materials, McCoy structures time, place, and memory to offer a meditation on alienation in a tempestuous world.

image: Ryan McCoy, Untitled (August 2017)


About the Artist

Ryan McCoy is an artist based in the Washington, DC area. He works in various media but his practice is centered around the creation of large, iconic paintings. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in numerous private collections throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Australia. In March 2016, he began a long-term residency at Arlington Arts Center, which will continue through 2022. He earned his MFA and BFA from George Mason University and is an Adjunct Professor of Art and Design at various schools in the Washington, DC metro area. He is represented by Long View Gallery in Washington, DC.