The Gallery 4 presents "Dwellings" Little Worlds by Ryder Henry
EXTENDED! "Dwellings" Little Worlds by Ryder Henry NOW through February 22nd
"A scheduling movement in our calendar has allowed us to extend this beautiful exhibition through February. If you haven't seen this remarkable exhibit featuring miniatures created using found materials and oil paintings depicting the tiny handmade worlds; you're in luck! If you have viewed the exhibit, you can look forward to 3 new additional pieces!"
"Dwellings" opens Saturday, January 4th, 2014 and runs through Saturday, January25th, 2014 at The Gallery 4 (206 S.Highland Ave, Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, January 4th, 2014 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1pm- 8pm .
The Gallery 4 is very pleased to welcome Ryder Henry. Though his work has been featured throughout Pittsburgh at places like The Mattress Factory, Bloomfield’s Boxheart Gallery, Lawrenceville’s WildCard, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival; Ryder's work first caught the attention of The Gallery 4 at our 2013 Annual Salon Show. Henry is a Pittsburgh-based painter and sculptor best known for his intricate, futuristic model buildings and spacecrafts. Ryder grew up in varied locales: Austin, TX; Beverly Hills, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Paris, France; Beirut, Lebanon; and Limassol, Republic of Cypress. These travels are reflected in Henry's artwork: snapshots of trans-metropolitan landscapes and mixed architectures brought back from a retro space age. In both the paintings and the models, buildings range from clean Space Needle towers to gritty-looking industrial blocks, from tiered tenements to old Victorians lifted straight out of the East End.
A remarkable feature of all of the miniatures is there construction from found materials - primarily castoff packaging and cardboard. Boxes of food products/computer stuff, plumbing wares, car parts, and bathroom needs. The windows are cut from that clear plastic which formerly served to house lettuce, basil, and tech parts. While most of the material used in his models is recycled cardboard, the artist adds sawdust, model shrubbery, and paint to augment the designs.
Each structure is crafted with all the subtleties in repetition and the illusion of wear and tear and overgrowth, further transporting the viewer to an inhabited world - albeit engineered. This concept is accelerated in Henry's depiction of fanciful sci-fi inspired spaceships and satellites. Calling to mind traditional handicrafts and playthings, the pieces are sturdy and are intended to be handled. Visually stunning as dynamic fully lighted sculptures - the spacecraft delight the imagination as they appear as toys from a far off dream realm.
Beyond the fantastic, in these intricately crafted pieces, a very real and beautiful story is revealed: discarded fragments of the recent past are synthesized into lively vignettes of a compelling future.
Ryder Henry, on his works:
“I’m inspired by the current urban environment and the current...fantasy/space ideas, and combining those two — combining existing conditions with fantasy.”
The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.
Select Images from Dwellings: