AD Projects is pleased to present Reliquary: Alyse Ronayne as the third installment in the rotating series, Reliquary, at 200 Avenue A. Reliquary transforms the vacant Avenue A storefront into a display venue for contemporary artifacts.
The sculptures that comprise Alyse Ronayne’s Cake Walk (Windows) 2008-11 can be seen as relics of the artist’s studio and practice. The artist fills domestic cake molds with polyurethane and bits of industrial detritus that coat her studio floor. Like prized giant pumpkins or fraying pageantry costumes, the cakes have exhibited widely over the past four years, losing and gaining scrap materials along the way. In Bow (Verb), the artist repurposed a plastic tablecloth which she once used as a studio drop cloth. The fabric is transformed from its familiar and functional shape into a tied and twisted bow.
Ronayne balances the often unsightly heft of physical history with the resulting reflective, simple and luminous objects. Her studio process is fluid and exploratory, resulting in work that is as visually complex as it is conceptually nuanced. The artist often employs many types of materials in a manner that challenges hierarchy and warps traditional connotations.
Alyse Ronayne lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA, Dallas, TX; and Yonkers, NY; and she currently has work in the group exhibition Wax Apple at Bodega Gallery in Philadelphia. Her writing was published in Possible Press’ third Issue, which was released at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010.
Reliquary: Alyse Ronayne will be on view at 200 Avenue A from Monday, June 13th through Sunday, June 19th from 7-9:30 PM weekdays and 12-6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Please join us at a reception for the artist on Wednesday, June 15th at 8 PM.