Meet P.3 Artist | Will Ryman

Icon, 2011
Painted stainless steel, nidacore, fiberglass, paint. 30 x 12 feet.
Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery. Photos by Mike Bruce.

New York based installation artist Will Ryman is well known for his Park Avenue Mall public sculpture featuring a series of blown up pink and red roses. With a history in theatrical writing, Ryman’s practice speak “about contradictions, about absurdism, and the human condition.” Inspired by absurdist philosophers such as Camus, Beckett, and Sartre, his subjects are often blown up in scale and plays with the idea of spatial relationships between the object and viewer.Contradictions also play a huge deal in his works. With his Park Avenue Roses, Ryman flips the iconic use of the roses of Park Avenue, and attempts to distort or transform its corresponding meaning to its site.

For Prospect. 3, Will Ryman will be installing along the front of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Origin, 2011
Fiberglass, steel, marine paint. Approximately 9 x 12 x 12 feet.
Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery. Photos by Percy Washington.

Ryman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at solo shows at 7 World Trade Center, New York; The Fairchild Botanic Gardens, Florida; The Flatiron Plaza, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, among others.

+ The New Orleans Museum of Art has recently purchased and put on view Ryman’s installation sculpture, America, a walk-in log cabin covered with gold resin and various found objects. For more information, visit:

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