SOURCE: Madrigano Fellowship for the Arts

April 28, 2010 00:45 ET

Madrigano Fellowship for the Arts Honors Its Inaugural Recipient, Ryan V. Brennan, With Two-Day Exhibition at The National Arts Club

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  Hosted by The National Arts Club President, O. Aldon James; Chair of Contemporary Art, Stacy Engman; Vice-Chair of the Management Committee, Eben Bronfman; and Madrigano Fellowship for the Arts Sponsor, Jonathan Madrigano, The National Arts Club is pleased to announce Beneath the Unraveling Horizon, a solo exhibition of works by Ryan V. Brennan.

Beneath the Unraveling Horizon will feature new multi-media works and a special piano concerto written by the artist for the fellowship. A public opening reception will be held on Friday, April 30th from 9-10 pm.

The evening will feature a solo art exhibition and music performance by Artist Ryan Brennan, 2010 recipient of the Madrigano Fellowship for the Arts. For this solo exhibition, Ryan Brennan explores the nostalgia for an aging dream of a future utopia -- on both a personal and societal level. Using 3-D Collage, mixed media, video and installation, the artist challenges the beliefs he once held true. This exhibition also includes the artist's 2009 Cinemallage series: Close Your Eyes and Look as Far as You Can See. These cinemallages fuse together collage, sculpture and stop animation video. The set where the stop animation video was filmed is the installation, itself. Close Your Eyes and Look as Far as You Can See depicts a tale of a young man's journey through a future utopian fantasy world where he thinks that he learns how the power of imagination can make a change in the world around him. The artist's fairytale engages several real issues in today's society and evokes hope and community spirit.

Brooklyn-based artist Ryan V. Brennan attended Savannah College of Art and Design where he received a BFA in 2005. Brennan's most recent performance work has been featured in the BRUCENNIAL 2010, The National Arts Club's PERFORM series, and Experimental Redux, NY. His work has also been featured in solo shows at Brooklyn's Work Gallery and Scope New York Art Fair as well as in group shows that include No Longer Empty and the Wassaic Summer Project. Forthcoming, the artist will be featured in solo exhibitions at Part Time Studios in Philadelphia and Maniac Gallery in Los Angeles.

Sponsor Jonathan Madrigano has always understood the importance of the arts. He believes that a society without art is bereft of spirit. A prominent patron of the Arts and The National Arts Club, Jonathan Madrigano endowed the Madrigano Fellowship for the Arts to draw attention to the work of new emerging artists.

Founded in 1898 by Charles de Kay, The National Arts Club is one of Manhattan's foremost private clubs. Its members and patrons are dedicated to supporting the arts. The mission of the National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts. The National Arts Club advances its mission on a grand scale by sponsoring educational programs that create opportunities for members of the public to connect with American Art and artists.

The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street) between Park and Irving Place, on the southwest corner of Gramercy Park.

Beneath the Unraveling Horizon
Works by Ryan Brennan
National Arts Club

Opening Reception: Friday, April 30th from 9-10 pm

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