Go See: Will Ryman’s ‘The Bed’ at Saatchi Gallery in London through May 6th, 2009

January 15th, 2009

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Installation view of Will Ryman’s ‘The Bed’ via Saatchi

Will Ryman’s sculptural installation ‘The Bed’ is on view at Saatchi Gallery in London through May 6, 2009. The work is constructed out of papier mâché and is centered around a 26-foot-long bed with a sleeping man, surrounded by empty malt liquor cans, cigarette butts and various debris from a night of lonely indulgence.  It depicts a scene described as ‘somewhere between Sunday morning lie-in bliss and nervous breakdown.’ The exaggerated scale and clumsy construction depicts a cartoonish world while also presenting a formidable spectacle.  In his artist’s statement, Ryman said that ‘The Bed’ originated with his childhood impression of his parents’ bed being much bigger than it actually was, and is an exploration of one’s distorted perspective of one’s place in the world and relationship to surroundings.

Will Ryman [Saatchi]
Huge bed sculpture installed at gallery [Worthing Herald]
Another unmade be receives the Saatchi treatment [Evening Standard]

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Installation view of Will Ryman’s ‘The Bed’ via Saatchi

Ryman, the son of the Minimalist painter Robert Ryman, typically works with papier mâché, creating comical figures that are often larger than life. The Saatchi Gallery previously exhibited Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed,’ which won her a spot on the Turner Prize shortlist.

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Installation view of Will Ryman’s ‘The Bed’ via Saatchi

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Installation view of Will Ryman’s ‘The Bed’ via Saatchi