Artist Ryan Schroeder lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2015, he completed his MFA at the New York Academy of Art and his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Germany, Italy and China.
Schroeder created this nauseating, chaotic painting early in the Primaries. Initially the painting only depicted the space. The painting is based on an abandoned town he discovered hidden away from sight, in the Hamptons. Unbeknownst to the owners of the mansions surrounding this condemned enclave; this town used to prosper with duck farming. That meant that these homes were built back when America was great. As Trump gained momentum the addition of the sign seemed like an apropos addition. Suddenly this reflection on the past became a window into the future. The sign is lawn-propaganda, but it could just as easily read “one way”, “dead-end”, or “STOP(!)”.
Hang It Up (2016) 52″ x 70″ | Oil, acrylic, enamel, cement, raw pigment, and marble dust on burlap | $8,000