Sunday, October 4, 2009

30 Place by Ryan Molenkamp

"I reworked 30 Place this year because I really couldn’t stand what I had done with the original. In short the first version sucked (that’s a proper art criticism vernacular: “sucked”, by the way). It needed reworking. It might have gotten a complete painting over had I not loaned it to an acquaintance to stage some fancy condo….out of sight, out of mind I guess. But when I got it back, a year later, it pained me to look at. This piece is a great lesson in why you should sit with your work for 6 months before sending it out into the world. In any case, it was languishing in a fancy condo, which was in turn languishing in a terrible housing market, and probably not too many people saw it. The only reason I let her have it in the first place was because I was not entirely satisfied with the painting but that was the last time I’ll ever do something like that.

30 Place by Ryan Molenkamp

Anyhow I got it back, and I stared it down and decided there might be something decent hiding in that composition. After a full reworking I was able to get it to a place I could be happy with. It’s only now, that I’m thinking about this painting, about how it fits into my Place series, that I realize that allowing this work to have such a turbulent childhood in the hands of a realtor is very much in conflict with all the works I have done which explore ideas of development in the Northwest. Whoops! How’s that for an ironic metaphorical lesson?" - Ryan Molenkamp

Ryan currently has work on view in the group show Refracting Space at Steele Gallery. Next month, he will be showing at Vermillion.


your friend, Kathy L. said...

Joey, I am such a fan of this kind of post- really interesting insight! (and Ryan, the painting really was good before, but I totally understand the choices you made.)

Joey Veltkamp said...

Thanks Kathy - me, too! It's really interesting what folks choose to write about. They select the image and tell the story. So personal and revealing. xo