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Ryan Oskin
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

ARTIST STATEMENT: For the last three years, my practice has developed around the body of work, Under Construction, in which I documented New York City's constantly evolving residential and industrial sites. The work sites acted as a catalyst for objects that incorporated similar industrial and commercial materials that are used in buildings and their signage. These works address formal concerns of mark, gesture, and objecthood in relation to the formation and destruction of urban architecture. At my solo exhibition at Rubber Factory titled Subdivision, I photographed renderings of new buildings in progress to make vinyl blueprints that further subdivided an existing space. In my most recent project, A Confusion of Surfaces, I advance my previous work by considering the industrial facade as a membrane. These works utilize the image as a skin, a word interchangeably used for surfaces of buildings and the human form, to cover aluminum sheeting. Each form is cut and shaped by hand to push my relationship between the image and its materiality. This allows me to translate the face of development into new objects that collapse the surfaces of residential and industrial spaces with their past, present, and unknown futures.

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Ryan Oskin
b. 1989 in Oceanside, California
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

B.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2008-2012.
Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL. Fall 2010.

ARTHA Project, Queens, N.Y. 2015-2016.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions:
Moments in Between, LVL3, Chicago, IL. 2018.
Subdivision, Rubber Factory, New York, N.Y. 2017.
Land Allotted, curated by Ashley McNelis, The Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.
Five Facets, Java Project, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.

Select Exhibitions and Projects:
Life in the Conditional, curated by Jovanna Venegas, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2017
Dynamic Range, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE. 2017.
Hard Cry, curated by Gabriel Sanchez, Lubov, New York, N.Y. 2017.
No Vacancy, curated by ALT ESC, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.
n e w f l e s h, Rubber Factory, New York, N.Y. 2016.
Piece by Piece, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.
The Plant Show, 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.
Photography is Magic, curated by Charlotte Cotton, Aperture Gallery, N.Y. 2016.
End of Semester, BBQ.LA, Los Angeles, CA. 2016.
Small Works, curated by Heather D
arcy Bhandari, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.
6th Annual Zine & Self-Published Book Fair, curated by Anouk Kruithof, Baxter St at CCNY, New York, N.Y. 2016.
Our Crazy Life, curated by Project Curate and Sorry Archive, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016.
Take 3: Anniversary Show, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2016
CAGHFft6SVSIP, Cudayh + BBQ.LA, Los Angeles, CA. 2015.
Work in Progress, curated by Elizabeth Renstrom, ROOT Studios, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2015.
Umi no Hi, 345 Monroe St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 2015.
Radical Color, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR. 2015.
Blue Library, Press Street, New Orleans, LA. 2014.
The Enigmatic Object, Filter Photo at Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL. 2014.
Fleet, The Bishop, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2013.

Select Press:
Baxter St at CCNY, Ryan Oskin: Subdivision, May 2017.
LVL3, Artist of the Week, March 2017.
Artforum, Critics’ Picks: The Plant Show, August 2016.
Aperture Foundation, In Experimental Photography, Is There Ever a Decisive Moment?, July 2016.
Java Studios, Ryan Oskin: The Art of Man and Nature, July 2016.
Don/Dean, Interview, Oct. 2015.
Huffington Post, Meet The Contemporary Photographers Experimenting With 'Radical Color,' May 2015.
Feature Shoot, Radical Color Review, Feb. 2015.
Hyperallergic, Standouts from 17-17 Troutman During Bushwick Open Studios 2014, May 2014.

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