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Michael Staniak, Nyah Isabel Cornish, Ryder Ripps
Anytime Anywhere, Barbara Lee, House of Cards
Recommendation by Genie Davis

Ryder Ripps, “Barbara Lee,” 2016, mixed media installation, is currently on view at Steve Turner

Three artists address the effects of our internet/media information driven culture in visually stimulating ways. Australian Michael Staniak’s “Anytime, Anywhere” includes bronze sculptures, 3D wall reliefs and paintings that add up to a bold, geometric and visually mesmerizing series of works. Whether observing the bright colors of his acrylic paintings or the literally and figuratively weighty heft of his sculptures, Staniak’s process-oriented work demands multiple viewings to absorb.

Also from Australia is Nyah Isabel Cornish, whose “House of Cards” is her U.S. debut. The vivid palettes of her oil-on-board works and her kaleidoscopic patterns are inspired by Abstract Expressionism, even as she looks to reflect upon the view-and-swipe encounters with visual images online. Seeking as she says the point between “balance and chaos,” Cornish creates vibrant, swirling works that pulls the eye into a visual maelstrom.

New York-based Ryder Ripps exhibits fifty-thousand (you read that right) small photographs on shallow platforms and obelisks. Viewers can interact with the images by walking or sitting on these platforms. The use of such a high volume of minute images creates a mosaic-like effect that is part monument, part defiance of our celebrity-obsessed, attention-demanding, often vengeful culture. The title of this riveting piece, “Barbara Lee” refers to the only member of Congress to vote against the use of force following the 9/11 attacks.

Steve Turner

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