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Ryan Reggiani
Hap Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Recommendation by Richard Speer

Ryan Reggiani, "Vessels," 2009, cast concrete, metal rods, dimensions variable

Continuing through March 29, 2014

New York City-based artist Ryan Reggiani fills the gallery with an accomplished selection of works across a diverse range of media. The elegant sculpture "Untitled (Hanging)" employs straight and curved steel rods in immaculate counterposition. There is a sense of whimsy in another set of wall sculptures comprised of light bulbs and electrical cords within a metal frame. In a dramatic suite of standing concrete sculptures, the artist has stacked hollow forms around a central axis of metal rods, deconstructing the idea of “Vessels." He inverts this conceit in another sculpture resembling a table.

Perhaps the show’s most compelling work is "Panel Fade," a series of white-painted wood panels that toy with optical illusionism. The panels are dramatically spotlit in the center; as they extend left and right, their grooved contours appear to fade out with the light. In actuality, the grooves are sanded down in a fashion that mimics the look of light. What the viewer first assumes is a phenomenon of luminosity turns out to be one of construction. In this wide-ranging and thoughtful exhibition, Reggiani’s facility with diverse materials verges on the virtuosic.

Hap Gallery

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