EXPLORE THE EXPANSION OF SPACE
Created By Ruvan Wijesooriya
EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 2ND
TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 12-6PM AND SATURDAY 2-8PM
TO EXPERIENCE VISUAL MEDITATION IN VR GUIDED BY RUVAN RESERVE YOUR TICKET BELOW. SPACE IS LIMITED.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT
EXHIBITION AND ARTIST
Explore the Expansion of Space awakens the senses and challenges the idea of space with interactive
investigations into perspectives.
Each photograph taken at the coordinates 21° N 87° W captures the timeless essence of the location
and it’s setting. The images place the viewer into Ruvan’s gaze into the skies, through the plants and over
the sea of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, known as an energy vortex. Traces of native fruits, foliage
and metallic components of water scent the room to evoke the environment. Artwork consists of two
images ripped together and placed side by side; welcoming a dialog between two moments, creating
space and allowing them to co-exist and continually converse.
Explore the Expansion of Space is a place that questions reality and offers participants an escape from
the city, aiming to quiet the inner monologue. Ruvan’s minimalist visual meditation films are digital
experiences created from analog photography. Shown on VR headsets, these films put the viewer into
the heart of his Yucatán series with tranquil soundtracks created with tuning forks and singing bowls.
Short experimental videos give new life to the physical artwork within a 3D globally accessible virtual space.
In the interactive video collages, moments complete each other and the viewer’s brain becomes the processor.
Ruvan’s photo book Yucatán has been published on the occasion of this exhibition.
Ruvan Wijesooriya was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1977. He had a nomadic upbringing as a child of Sri Lankan
immigrants who joined the US Foreign Service. Following a degree in Political Economy and Gender Studies, Ruvan
moved to New York City in 1999, eventually establishing himself as an avant-garde artist by creating public installations,
events with musicians and using technology to experience his work. Ruvan’s documentary approach to photography
explores a universal and nostalgic visual language of the world around us. His landscapes, portraits, aerial perspectives,
nature series and journalistic work are motivated by his on-going study of beauty and the feminine.
ILEGAL MEZCAL x ROSE BAR PRESENT
Ilegal Mezcal and Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar have come together to collaborate on a quarterly art series. Curated by Rose Bar’s Creative Director, Matthew Green, and Ilegal Mezcal's brand team lead by Kaylan Rexer, the series takes place in Ilegal’s new West Village home, the old Perry Street theatre.
The ongoing gallery series aims to showcase art within an experiential environment. The mission is to activate all five senses by creating a physically and mentally stimulating artistic experience. Ilegal Mezcal and Rose Bar aim to create a genuine, unique approach to their exhibitions by establishing a sense of community through the shared personal experience of the art in an intimate setting beyond the four walls of Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel. This environment provides a platform for the art to speak for itself and allows the artist to fully benefit from the profits of their work.
PAST GALLERY SHOWS
In 2015 after experimenting with colors and shapes on big murals in the LES of NYC, infamous street artists Crash, Bio & Nick Walker began creating smaller pieces in celebration of their collaboration from the year before. Two years and 30 pieces later, they present to you "The Collaborations"
Photos from opening event can be found here: https://bfa.com/events/19136
"COLLAGE DROPOUT" BY THANKYOUX
ThankYouX first became well known on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009 for his large iconic Andy Warhol spray paint stencils. Signing "Thank You X" underneath in a gesture of anonymous gratitude for Warhol's aesthetic of rebellious integrity. The name accidentally became the artist's identity. Inspired by the pop tropes and bright colors of that NYC art scene, ThankYouX has exhibited paintings and sculptures in London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Hong Kong. Now using his Street style in a more abstract way, he has been getting new attention for his geometric mixed media cube paintings. He was the official artist of the 2016 Global Citizen music festival in New York. This fall he teamed up with MTV for a traveling Virtual Reality art show based on the election. The show went to each of the debates as well as The White House. During Art Basel Miami 2016 ThankYouX created a special installation for Soho House using a Samsung 360 camera inside of an interactive art booth. ThankYouX just held a solo exhibition in New York City and is currently working on an exhibition in Hong Kong early next year as well as Berlin next Summer.
31 PERRY STREET NYC
JULY 24 THROUGH 28
OPEN FROM 2-6PM