Oil stick on paper
22 x 30 in
In Ryan Mrozowski’s work, commonplace imagery is repeated in endless variations, exploring the optical effects of patterns to question perception. His subjects and motifs are intentionally banal and accessible—fruits, flowers, polka dots, stripes, cows, dogs, crowds. The artist employs acrylic paint and oil sticks to create beguiling works that use seriality and duplication to seduce and surprise the viewer. Some pieces are arranged in groups or pairs, with subtle shifts between each image that only become apparent on closer inspection; they reveal how the mind and the eye often work intuitively, reflecting on how meaning is created.
Ryan Mrozowski was born in 1981 in Pennsylvania, and lives and works between Hudson and Brooklyn, New York, USA. He earned his MFA from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 2005, and his BFA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003. His work has been the subject of exhibitions at international venues including i8 Gallery (Reykjavik), Galerie Nordenhake (Mexico City, Stockholm, Berlin), Ratio 3 (San Francisco), Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles), Simon Lee (London) and Chapter (New York).