Opening Reception for Ryan Ward and Subterranean
Friday, September 23th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
3,2,1 Ring Baloney
By Ryan Ward
Curated by Rashmi Viswanathan
Works by Jamie Kim & Francis Estrada
Sept. 24th – Oct. 30th, 2022
About the Exhibits:
Ring toss. Whac-A-Mole. Skee-ball. Hot Shot. Water guns. Guess-my-weight.
Ryan Ward likens the amusement park to our lives unfolding through the news, politics, social media, and, increasingly, firsthand experience. How we strain our eyes to identify truth from a lie, a good-faith intention from manipulation, an honest gesture from pure fabrication, yet these become more and more out of focus. We are in the Hall of Mirrors—the Funhouse…is there a way out?
Ryan Ward, curator of The Maslow Collection in Scranton, recently opened the Ruffed Grouse gallery on Main Street in Narrowsburg.
Curated by Rashmi Viswanathan, “Subterranean” brings together two artists, Jamie Kim and Francis Estrada, whose works show a narrative caught between the past and the present. Kim’s figurative paintings and portraits are heavily influenced by news and media sources, traditional Korean folk-art imagery, and childhood photographs. Francis Estrada re-interprets historical archives within a decolonial and anti-authoritarian framework, re-imagining the lives and times of people placed at the margins of the state.
Rashmi Viswanathan is an art historian who looks at how arts move across different cultural, regional, and temporal contexts. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford and lives in Brooklyn.