Will Ryman

Ryman
 is 
best 
known 
as 
the 
sculptor 
behind 
larger
 than 
life 
objects 
ranging
 from
birds 
to
 beds.
 Son 
of 
the 
influential 
conceptual 
artist
 Robert
 Ryman,
 Will 
started
his 
career 
as 
a 
playwright,
 penning 
stories 
in 
the 
tradition 
of 
Absurdist 
Theater.
Ryman
 soon
 gained
 notoriety 
through 
his
 unique, 
crude 
sculptures 
depicting
figures
 and 
scenes
 inspired 
by 
his 
native 
New
 York
 City. 
Rather 
than
 sketching 
his 
future 
works,
 Ryman
 takes 
a 
more
 literary 
approach
 by 
writing 
out
 what 
he
intends
 to 
create. 
Among 
his 
most 
famous 
works
 are 
his 
towering 
roses,
displayed
 in 
public
 along 
Park 
Avenue 
in 
2011.



Created
 in
 2009,
 the
 roses
 and
 figures 
exhibited 
at
 Lio 
Malca
 acted
 as
 the
 original
 precursors 
to 
Ryman's
 Park
 Avenue 
showing.
 Unlike
 their 
towering
counterparts,
 these
 roses 
bloom
 at 
around
 three 
feet.
Their 
smaller 
scale 
engages
the 
viewer
 on
 an
 individual 
level, 
pulling 
them
 into 
the 
absurdity 
of 
the 
scene.
Each 
flower
 is 
unique, 
crafted 
out
 of 
plaster,
 paint,
 construction
 mesh 
and
 steel.
Among
 the 
roses
 Ryman
 has 
littered
 a 
giant
 cigarette 
butt,
a
 similarly
 enlarged
golf
 ball
 and
 other
 assorted
 bits
 of 
human
refuse 
infusing
 the 
exhibit
 with 
a
 tint
 of
 dark 
comedy. 
Indeed, 
wading
 through
 Ryman's
garden,
 his 
signature 
absurd
wonder 
is
 truly
 felt.