Dallas Art Fair: Benjamin Degen | Ryan Wallace

Fashion Industry Gallery, 12 - 14 April 2019 
Booth B5

Susan Inglett Gallery is pleased to present a showing of oil paintings by Benjamin Degen and multimedia paintings by Ryan Wallace at the Dallas Art Fair, Booth B5. The Fair will take place at the Fashion Industry Gallery in the Dallas Arts District, opening with a gala preview Thursday 11 April and running to 14 April 2019.


Characterized by thick, short brushstrokes and whirls of blues and yellows, the paintings of Degen boast post-impressionist scenes of land and sea that are reminiscent of Cezanne’s nineteenth-century landscapes. The lyrical, atmospheric shapes that emerge from Degen’s brush come to reflect the overlaid, abstract geometries that repeat, rotate, invert and evolve in the ethereal paintings of Ryan Wallace. An unexpected pairing that appears seemingly at odds with one another, Degen and Wallace ultimately engage in an aesthetic dialogue in which abstract geometries supply texture and complexity to planes of canvas.


BENJAMIN DEGEN (b. 1976) makes optically charged paintings and drawings through active markmaking. The artist’s work is defined by these decisive, rhythmic gestures and is grounded in daily drawing and observation practices. Degen places the viewer within scenes ranging from vast seaside horizons to dense cityscapes, making us keenly aware of our visual and physical experience of the world around us. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Hort Foundation, NYC; the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia; and The Nerman MoCA, Overland Park, among others.


RYAN WALLACE’s (b. 1977) mixed media paintings conjure an ethereal space between the material and intangible. Repurposing fragments from earlier and developing pieces, the artist seams, layers, excavates, and manipulates the surface of his work to incorporate a wealth of textures and techniques. By limiting his resources, Wallace has developed a rich process-based practice whereby each body of work leads to the next in terms of materials and composition. Wallace’s work has been exhibited at BAM, Brooklyn; Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; and University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Recent group exhibitions include Volery Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2022); Bohemian’s Gallery, Natsume Books, Tokyo, Japan (2022); De Boer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2021); and The Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach, FL (2019). His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, among others.



Thursday, April 11, Preview Gala, 7-10 PM
Friday, April 12, 11-7 PM

Saturday, April 13, 11-7 PM

Sunday, April 14, 11-6 PM