Ryan McLaughlin:
Calcium Hat
April 2–May 7, 2022

Adams and Ollman is pleased to present Calcium Hat, a solo exhibition with Ryan McLaughlin. The exhibition includes a new suite of acrylic and gouache works on panel along with a selection of small oil paintings.

McLaughlin’s paintings feature fragmented words and crumbled pictograms hovering against dusty visual fields that fuse interpretations of still-life, landscape, and abstraction. Toggling between subjective symbols and known signifiers, McLaughlin works to extract a complex coherence between psychic unease and disambiguated aesthetic pleasure. His rich and varied surfaces present an ostensibly traditional format, one grounded in color, texture, shape, but with chance registrations that simultaneously suggest and dissect the visual proposition. It is from this familiar locus that McLaughlin continues to build his idiosyncratic cache of signage that navigates a fugitive space between aesthetic tension, definition, and playful provocation. Expanding on his 2017 exhibition with the gallery titled Prius Wig, McLaughlin’s new work channels concepts of augmented anatomy, artificial lighting, and modified botany, markers of our new era.

Ryan McLaughlin (born 1980, Worcester, MA where he lives and works) received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Solo exhibitions include Impreza Earth, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; TraffiQ, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; Lacus PM, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Raisins, Laurel Gitlen, New York City; and Barbara (I and II) at Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin. McLaughlin’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Sperone Westwater, Metro Pictures, Sikkema Jenkins, all New York; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; Off Vendome, Dusseldorf.


Ryan McLaughlin
Herb Cross, 2022
acrylic and gouache on canvas on panel
12 1/4h x 15 7/8w in
31.11h x 40.32w cm

Ryan McLaughlin
Untitled, 2022
acrylic and gouache on linen on panel
17 3/8h x 23w x 7/8d in
44.13h x 58.42w x 2.22d cm

Ryan McLaughlin
Schild, 2022
acrylic and gouache on linen on panel
16h x 12 1/4w in
40.64h x 31.11w cm

Ryan McLaughlin
T. Salmon, 2022
acrylic and gouache on linen on panel
25h x 35w in
63.50h x 88.90w cm

Ryan McLaughlin
Inner Ear Plush, 2022
acrylic and gouache on linen on panel
22 3/8h x 30w in
56.83h x 76.20w cm

Ryan McLaughlin
Lampo, 2022
acrylic and gouache on linen on panel
32h x 17 7/8w in
81.28h x 45.40w cm

Ryan McLaughlin
Untitled, 2022
acrylic and gouache on panel
24h x 15w in
60.96h x 38.10w cm

Ryan McLaughlin
Untitled, 2022
oil on linen on panel
7 3/4h x 10w in
19.68h x 25.40w cm

Installation Images