Ryan Wallace / Koen Delaere
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For the first time Galerie Gerhard Hofland will bring together the works of Koen Delaere (1970, BE) and Ryan Wallace (1977, USA). This is the third time that Delaere’s paintings have been exhibited in tangent with another abstract artist at Gerhard Hofland, after the French artist Jean-Baptiste Bernadet in 2013 and Daniel Schubert in 2014. This installment brings together two artists that both use abstraction to playfully emphasize layeredness and dynamism at work.
Ryan Wallace‘s paintings are shaped through his use of materials, which combine intentional mark making and discarded studio detritus. This convergence of the accidental and the authored, gives his canvas works a sculptural tension that creates complex multidimensional and nonlinear spaces. By limiting his palette to neutral colours, with the exception of hints of warmer reds and golds, the works optimally lend themselves to the exploration of formal characteristics inherent in the different materials, especially the relationships between the different textures and surface light. This fragmentation of matter reads as brush strokes, ultimately creating an aesthetic composition that flirts with the history of abstraction and painting.

Ryan Wallace was born in 1977 in New York, NY. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant awardee. He has exhibited at Susan Inglett Gallery, New York; NY, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Frans Masereel Center, Kasterlee, Belgium, among many others. Wallace lives and works in Brooklyn and East Hampton, New York.

Koen Delaere paints with a colourful palette, with the paint itself forging a physical and geometric path on the canvas. The flat surface is constantly challenged by the repetition of these layers of colour matter, as new paint hides the previous arrangement of colour and shape. His works thus enclose the power of time, that continually creates and destroys. Delaere often uses a method that portrays mirrored surfaces of the pieces at the time a painting is created. Work is reflected one against the other, creating a shared dynamic signifying this change over time. The results are lively and rebellious explosions of form and alteration, that despite this always achieve harmony.
After his solo exhibitions at RH Contemporary and Ana Chrsitea in New York and Van Horn Gallery in Düsseldorf last year, in 2016 Delaere will have a two-person show with Bas van den Hurk at Halsey McKay in New York and in the summer he will be a resident in La Brea Studio in Los Angeles. Together with Wendy White he shows again at Van Horn gallery in Düsseldorf.