This maximalist drawing features brightly colored gouache shapes and overlays, as well as conflicting textures of charcoal and graphite. The matte character of charcoal contrasts the silky smoothness of graphite, creating tension when the two materials meet on a jagged line. The graphite’s shiny surface reflects light as it hits the drawing from different angles, evoking the artist's sculptural practice; viewers must engage the work from multiple perspectives to fully experience the work. The drawing is mounted flush in a custom oak frame without a glass or plexi obstruction between the object and the viewer.
Alyse Ronayne's drawings approach abstraction through mimicry, a visually sparse approach that the artist adopted during the pandemic. Ronayne uses thick paper as a sort of journal page, adding drawings of objects seen throughout the day—frequently content seen through a smartphone screen. Ronayne's work references Surrealist paintings, ancient mosaic, contemporary sculpture, Moroccan rugs, the way light reflects on glass, graphic design and tattoo flourishes. Employing eye and hand, the artist evolves these objects into new and abstracted forms on paper.
Alyse Ronayne's drawings use mimicry as a way to approach abstraction, a visually sparse approach to the medium the artist adopted during the pandemic. The artist’s process treats thick paper as a journal page that collects content from the objects the artist views that day, frequently through the screen of a smartphone. Ronanyne’s compositions reference surrealist paintings, ancient mosaic, contemporary sculpture, Moroccan rugs, the way light reflects on glass, graphic design and tattoo flourishes—each abstracted by the artist’s eye and hands and evolving into new forms on the page.
Alyse Ronayne received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008 and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2015.
Solo exhibitions of Ronayne’s work have taken place at: Belle Isle Viewing Room in Detroit, Michigan; Luxembourg Institute for Artistic Research in New York City; the Fuller Gallery at Indiana University School of Art, Architecture and Design in Bloomington, Indiana; 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; and Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Ronayne’s work have taken place at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City and Hudson, New York; Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City; the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University in Alfred, New York; Soloway in Brooklyn, New York; and the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City; among others.
Ronayne’s work has been featured in Apartamento Magazine, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail and Mousse Magazine.
This maximalist drawing features brightly colored gouache shapes and overlays, as well as conflicting textures of charcoal and graphite. The matte character of charcoal contrasts the silky smoothness of graphite, creating tension.More
- Framed: 31.4 x 23.6 x 1.9 in.