gesso and enamel, 2019
3 x 2 1/2 in 7.6 x 6.3 x 0.6 cm
Collection of the Artist
BAF, Vancouver, Eleven Minutes Late, October 18 - December 14, 2019
Ryan Quast is a visual artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Selected solo exhibitions include Everyday Living at Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver (2016) and Swarm “Photographs From A Fan Boy’s Camera at the Crying Room in Vancouver, curated by Colleen Heslin (2003). Quast has presented work in several Vancouver-based group exhibitions including Antics at James Black Gallery in (2015); Disruption at Emergency Room, curated by Keith Wecker (2008); Punk Assemblage at Gallery Gachet, curated by Todd Carpenter and Zaneta St. Dennis (2005); Welcome at 1151 Fraser Street, curated by Leif Hall (2005); Strange Agencies at Helen Pitt Gallery, curated by Ron Tran (2004), among others. Quast’s work has been presented at several art fairs with Wil Aballe Art Projects who represents him, including a solo booth at Art Toronto (2016); Material Art Fair in Mexico City (2017); and NADA New York (2017). In 2016, Quast was featured in Magenta Magazine in an article by Bill Clarke. Quast has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2015) and studied at the Chelsea College of Art’s Painting Program in London, UK (2004). Quast was in residence at BAF over the summer of 2019 which amounted in a solo exhibition titled Eleven Minutes Late, featuring new works that critique and question the notion of value within museums and galleries by focusing on typically mundane objects and forms within the white cube.
Ryan Quast’s artistic practice is hauntingly meticulous. The artist meditatively layers brush stroke after brush stroke of oil and latex paint to recreate everyday objects such as Styrofoam cups, dust pans, paint cans, and toilet plungers; this process can take months and even years to complete. Quast’s work resembles artists working with Readymades or non-art art objects like Liz Magor, Marcel Duchamp, and Claes Oldenburg. Unlike most of Quast’s work that often uncannily mirrors the object in which they recreate, Bent Pen’s form is interrogated as it assumes a nonchalant, dysfunctional posture. Bent Pen was exhibited at Quast’s solo show at BAF, and it is a unique work.
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