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Ryan Wilde: Venus Su Misura

June 10 – July 10, 2021
 

Harper's Chelsea
534 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011

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Ryan Wilde: Venus Su Misura

Harper’s is pleased to present Venus Su Misura, a solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based artist Ryan Wilde. The exhibition will feature a new series of paintings alongside Wilde’s soft sculptures of anthropomorphized busts and appendages. Harper’s Chelsea is open to the public from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday.


…for the woman there is, from the start, a conflict between her autonomous existence and her “being other”; she is taught that to please, she must try to please, must make herself object; she must therefore renounce her autonomy.  She is treated like a living doll, and freedom is denied to her…

...she has to be “pretty as a picture;” she tries to resemble an image, she disguises herself... 

— Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
 

In her sculptural work and paintings, Wilde brings perspective to the way identities are formed from the consumption of imagery and visual cues, particularly for women, whose existence is considered in relation to the “other.” In order to claim agency, a woman must harness the faculties of beauty, intelligence, or wealth to exert power, often by way of carefully crafting her appearance—a paradoxical dilemma, as the outward expressions of women at any stage may be fetishized and objectified by the male gaze. 

By repurposing the technical skills acquired throughout her career as a milliner, Wilde’s sculptural works provoke dialogue on the theatricality of gender. Each sculpture exists as parts of the wardrobe for the role of “woman.” The sculptures Venus of Goodman and Madame Tataz (Green) combine to become a costume for a seductress in the painting Mrs. Tataz Goodman, while Dress Up Shoes and Bobby Socks pairs with Kid Sister as a costume for a young girl who has just begun associating with the tropes of “woman.” In Kid Sister Dreaming, she can be seen observing a component of Ideal Kinkster, another such costume that will tether her sense of self to the various disguises she must don to become “pretty as a picture.” 

Wilde’s characters, cobbled together from various sculptural components, parasitically consume their host and expose a vulnerability in their hypersexualized or infantilized forms. Wilde immerses the viewer in a world where the expectation to perform as a woman crosses into absurdity and dysfunction. The figures are faceless, with the exception of implied features and lips that often appear in the place of areolas or eyes, and their hands are tasseled sex toys or pinwheels and lollipops. In this world, a woman’s disguise is indistinguishable from herself, and her autonomy is lost in the fantasy of the role. 

Venus Su Misura draws its name from a playful combination: Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty; and su misura, an Italian phrase meaning “tailor-made.” Venus Su Misura also refers to both a sculpture and a painting in Wilde’s debut exhibition with the gallery. The painting is based on Titian’s Venus of Urbino, housed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where Wilde lived and studied during her undergraduate years. Wilde’s Venus rests on a tasseled pink arm that exists also as a freestanding sculpture titled Kink Attachment. In the background, her public persona—an iteration of Dowry Daisy—awaits atop a female dress form. She is alone and in repose, yet she remains an amalgamation of her various costumes as if to say that even in solitude, her identity is entirely tailor-made.

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Ryan Wilde
L as in Lollipop
2021
Acrylic on linen
20 x 24 in

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Ryan Wilde
Venus Su Misura
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 72 in

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Ryan Wilde
Venus Su Misura
2021
Felt, wood, and leather
16 x 10 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Kid Sister Dreaming
2021
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in

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Ryan Wilde
Dress Up Shoes and Bobby Socks
2021
Felt, wood, and cotton grosgrain
16 x 10 x 4 in

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Ryan Wilde
Mrs. Tataz Goodman
2021
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in

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Ryan Wilde
Sucker
2021
Felt, wood
22 x 4 x 3 in

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Ryan Wilde
The Playhouse
2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 48 in

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Ryan Wilde
Spin Me Good Morning, Spin Me Good Night
2021
Felt, wood
18 x 6 x 5 in

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Ryan Wilde
Maiden
2021
Acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in

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Ryan Wilde
Spotlight on Madame Tataz
2021
Oil on canvas
60 x 36 in

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Ryan Wilde
Dowry Daisy
2021
Felt, synthetic hair
12 x 12 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Picnic Bunny
2021
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 24 in

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Ryan Wilde
Madame Tataz (Green)
2021
Felt, wood
12 x 26 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Madame Tataz
2020
Oil on linen
19 x 22 in

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Ryan Wilde
Laundry Day
2020
Oil on linen
19 x 17 in

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Ryan Wilde
Venus at Bergdorf
2020
Oil on linen
60 x 48 in

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Ryan Wilde
Boobhead
2019
Felt, resin
19 x 12 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Trophy Boob
2020
Felt, synthetic pearl
12 x 12 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Considering Kinkster
2021
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in

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Ryan Wilde
Venus of Goodman
2021
Felt, wood, and synthetic pearls
16 x 10 x 10 in

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Ryan Wilde
Mother
2021
Acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in

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Ryan Wilde
Tutu Face
2020
Felt, wood, synthetic hair, and nylon lace
27 x 13 x 10 in

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Ryan Wilde
Crone
2021
Acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in

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Ryan Wilde
Profane Love
2019
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in

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Ryan Wilde
Kid Sister
2019
Felt, wood, cotton, and resin
16 x 11 x 10 in

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Ryan Wilde
Portrait of a Stalker
2021
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in

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Ryan Wilde
Portrait of Kid Sister
2020
Oil on linen
16 x 12 in

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Ryan Wilde
Autumn Stalker
2020
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 in

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Ryan Wilde
Kept Bunny
2020
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 in

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Ryan Wilde
Pool Bunny
2020
Felt, resin
33 x 17 x 17 in

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Ryan Wilde
Kid Sister and a Sucker
2021
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 in

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Ryan Wilde
Narcissy
2021
Oil on linen
36 x 24 in

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Ryan Wilde
Whip
2020
Felt, wood, silicone, and resin
18 x 8 x 4 in

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Ryan Wilde
Venus of Bergdorf
2020
Felt, wood, and resin
24 x 11 x 10 in

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Ryan Wilde
Kink Attachment
2021
Felt, wood, silicone, and resin
18 x 3.5 x 13.5 in

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Ryan Wilde
Narcissy
2021
Felt, wood, and synthetic hair
13 x 11 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Fetish Pony
2018
Felt, synthetic hair
24 x 15 x 11 in

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Ryan Wilde
Kinky Maquette
2020
Felt, wood, synthetic hair, and brass nails
4 x 8 x 10 in

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Ryan Wilde
Felty Lips
2019
Felt, cotton
9.5 x 9 x 3 in

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Ryan Wilde
Talking Titties
2021
Acrylic on linen
16 x 20 in

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Ryan Wilde
Fur Mouth
2021
Felt, cotton
9 x 10 x 8 in

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Ryan Wilde
Talking Titties
2019
Felt, silicone
7 x 12 x 6 in

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Ryan Wilde
L as in Lollipop
2021
Acrylic on linen
20 x 24 in

Ryan Wilde
Venus Su Misura
2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 72 in

Ryan Wilde
Venus Su Misura
2021
Felt, wood, and leather
16 x 10 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Kid Sister Dreaming
2021
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in

Ryan Wilde
Dress Up Shoes and Bobby Socks
2021
Felt, wood, and cotton grosgrain
16 x 10 x 4 in

Ryan Wilde
Mrs. Tataz Goodman
2021
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in

Ryan Wilde
Sucker
2021
Felt, wood
22 x 4 x 3 in

Ryan Wilde
The Playhouse
2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 48 in

Ryan Wilde
Spin Me Good Morning, Spin Me Good Night
2021
Felt, wood
18 x 6 x 5 in

Ryan Wilde
Maiden
2021
Acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in

Ryan Wilde
Spotlight on Madame Tataz
2021
Oil on canvas
60 x 36 in

Ryan Wilde
Dowry Daisy
2021
Felt, synthetic hair
12 x 12 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Picnic Bunny
2021
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 24 in

Ryan Wilde
Madame Tataz (Green)
2021
Felt, wood
12 x 26 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Madame Tataz
2020
Oil on linen
19 x 22 in

Ryan Wilde
Laundry Day
2020
Oil on linen
19 x 17 in

Ryan Wilde
Venus at Bergdorf
2020
Oil on linen
60 x 48 in

Ryan Wilde
Boobhead
2019
Felt, resin
19 x 12 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Trophy Boob
2020
Felt, synthetic pearl
12 x 12 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Considering Kinkster
2021
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in

Ryan Wilde
Venus of Goodman
2021
Felt, wood, and synthetic pearls
16 x 10 x 10 in

Ryan Wilde
Mother
2021
Acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in

Ryan Wilde
Tutu Face
2020
Felt, wood, synthetic hair, and nylon lace
27 x 13 x 10 in

Ryan Wilde
Crone
2021
Acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in

Ryan Wilde
Profane Love
2019
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in

Ryan Wilde
Kid Sister
2019
Felt, wood, cotton, and resin
16 x 11 x 10 in

Ryan Wilde
Portrait of a Stalker
2021
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in

Ryan Wilde
Portrait of Kid Sister
2020
Oil on linen
16 x 12 in

Ryan Wilde
Autumn Stalker
2020
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 in

Ryan Wilde
Kept Bunny
2020
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 in

Ryan Wilde
Pool Bunny
2020
Felt, resin
33 x 17 x 17 in

Ryan Wilde
Kid Sister and a Sucker
2021
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 in

Ryan Wilde
Narcissy
2021
Oil on linen
36 x 24 in

Ryan Wilde
Whip
2020
Felt, wood, silicone, and resin
18 x 8 x 4 in

Ryan Wilde
Venus of Bergdorf
2020
Felt, wood, and resin
24 x 11 x 10 in

Ryan Wilde
Kink Attachment
2021
Felt, wood, silicone, and resin
18 x 3.5 x 13.5 in

Ryan Wilde
Narcissy
2021
Felt, wood, and synthetic hair
13 x 11 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Fetish Pony
2018
Felt, synthetic hair
24 x 15 x 11 in

Ryan Wilde
Kinky Maquette
2020
Felt, wood, synthetic hair, and brass nails
4 x 8 x 10 in

Ryan Wilde
Felty Lips
2019
Felt, cotton
9.5 x 9 x 3 in

Ryan Wilde
Talking Titties
2021
Acrylic on linen
16 x 20 in

Ryan Wilde
Fur Mouth
2021
Felt, cotton
9 x 10 x 8 in

Ryan Wilde
Talking Titties
2019
Felt, silicone
7 x 12 x 6 in

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Ryan Wilde (b. 1980) received a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Queens College. Recently, her work has been exhibited at Harper’s, East Hampton, NY (2021); WINDOW at Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY (2021); Hesse Flatow, New York, NY (2021); RUSCHMAN, Chicago, IL (2021); EXPO Chicago, online (2021); Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2019); Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY (2019); and Marinaro, New York, NY (2018). Her work as both artist and designer has been featured in ArtMaze, The Cut, and Forbes, among other publications. Wilde lives and works in New York City, where she is represented by Harper’s.