Initiated as a response to building construction and tear-downs, I make paintings and sculptures about residential architecture using mixed media like nails and thread and salvaged material like wood and glass windows extracted from urban and suburban structures. Each art object made is attached to existing places to reinforce the impermanence of structures. As a manifestation of my discomfort with real estate economy, my works intend to question if the deconstruction or construction of architectural space is a reflection of an individual, a community, or society today.
As real estate economies are constantly in flux, I continue to develop a language to most effectively visually communicate my experiences living in a built environment always under construction.
2006 MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2003 BA Studio Art, cum laude, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROJECTS
“In Between” Two-person exhibit with Malin Abrahamsson, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
“The Lines are Drawn” at Tarryn Teresa Gallery
“Pier 17 Hands-On Frottage: Recording History” Public Project, South Street Seaport, NYC
“12th Art Under the Bridge Festival” Brooklyn , NY
“Emerging Artist Fellowship,” Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
“Throughout the Building” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
LA Times Guide "8 Things For the Week Ahead - Ricky Sears 'The Lines Are Drawn,'" March 29, 2008
2008 Year in Review for Public Sculpture "Waterfront sculpture, Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park"
"From Trash to Treasure, Socrates Sculpture Park (Waterfront pictured)" New York Daily News