Gretchen Ryan: "Hearts for Eyes"
First ever solo exhibition in Singapore of works by Gretchen Ryan
Opening reception 2 March 2012, 7-9 pm
The artist will be present
The girls are more perfect than they will ever be, they thankfully have no idea what that means and won't until it's gone - Gretchen Ryan
Galerie Steph, together with Fred Torres Collaborations (New York), is proud to present the first Singapore exhibition of provocative Los Angeles-based artist Gretchen Ryan. On view will be new paintings, charcoal drawings and photographs, many created exclusively for the Singapore exhibition.
Born in Boulder, Colorado, Gretchen Ryan creates portraits of young girls--often beauty pageant contestants--that disquietingly explore notions of objectification, precocious sexuality, and innocence. Going beyond straightforward portraiture, Ryan's work is informed by personal and cultural influences including her dedication to animal rights, 18th century British portraiture, Coast to Coast radio shows, nature publications, and children's fairy tale illustrations. Ryan's portraits successfully combine personal and societal subtext with the purity and beauty of youth.