CYLE WARNER
Alternative Reflections
Feb 10 - Mar 16 2021

Backyard Ghost is pleased to present ‘Alternative Reflections’, the newest body of paintings by NYC based artist Cyle Warner. 

 

Warner’s recent body of 2.5-dimensional paintings pulls the viewer into a psychological space where identity meets uncertain ends. The strong presence as an ‘object’ comes from a brimming collection of materials, such as textile, paper, sugar, sand and wood, heavily layered and brightly colored. Looking at Warner’s painting brings the awareness first to the ‘existence’ not only of the painting’s substantialness but also of the viewer’s body in a physical space. It is still an image - an abstract painting of loose geometry - however; and the spatial vocabulary doesn’t go far beyond ‘square and 2-dimensional’ as it is constructed on a canvas surface that is oftentimes only functional as a structure to be hung on the wall. What is it then? What is calling to mind the compassionate narratives?

 

The artist abridges the immeasurable time and place that he comes across while researching his cultural identity. It is not as simple as someone looking into a mirror, but there are sensations of reflecting personal history and its desire to connect with the spirituality in Warner’s work. Intuition and sensitivity perform a series of bold movements to create an alternative -quite utopic- space and a sense of unity. Layers of fabric pieces are overlapped and buried under opaque acrylic paint while another layer is attached with one corner glued on the surface letting the weight simply play with gravity. Other components are intertwined and intimately joined physically with paint-layover, knots, staples, and so on. This repetitive act of connecting fragments continues to build and arrive at compositional symmetry creating rich wholeness and integrity as if a body holds the multifaceted history of its own. 

Working with deeply personal materials like vibrant, hued textile and paper inherited from his mother and grandmother’s previous careers, Warner found a way not only to generate his unique painting language but also to shape his freedom to bury, embrace, discover, connect and create harmony in his work.

Cruel Paradise

2020

Approx: 71 x 36 x 6 inches

Fabric, Paper, Cardboard, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) Cruel Paradise

(Detail) Cruel Paradise

(Detail) Cruel Paradise

The Last Stop II/ Bryan Fernández: Australian Calypso Music

2020

Approx: 28 x 24 inches

Fabric, Paper, Cardboard, Photocopy, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) The Last Stop II/ Bryan Fernández: Australian Calypso Music

I Don’t Rember (I Never Knew)

2020

Approx: 28 x 24 inches

Fabric, Paper, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) I Don't Rember(I Never Knew)

Bloody Point

2020

Approx: 48 x 24 x 3 inches

Fabric, Paper, Cardboard, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) Bloody Point

Being and Becoming(Diptych)

2021

Approx: 24 x 48 x 1 inches

Fabric, Paper, Cardboard, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) Being and Becoming

A Conversation with Sir Thomas Warner

2020

36 x 36 inches

Fabric, Zipper, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) A Conversation with Sir Thomas Warner

The Last Stop I

2020

24 x 24 inches

Fabric, Paper, Cardboard, Photocopy, Acrylic on Canvas

(Detail) The Last Stop I

Cyle Warner is a New York-based artist who lives and works in Manhattan.. He is currently attending the School of Visual Arts, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with honors, and is expected to graduate in 2023. 

* All images courtesy by the artist

* Work inquiries through the CONTACT page on this website OR email annettehur@gmail.com