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A. V. Ryan
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook



ARTIST STATEMENT: I work with the expressive and luminous qualities of my forms and materials to create abstract sculptures and architectural installations. In my sculptural work, I have been working with casts of rubber inner tubes exploring the expressive possibilities of a single form within a single, highly responsive material. I use varying degrees of inflation and deflation as well as folding, binding or propping to bring out the properties of lightness and heaviness, gravity and lift. Once cast, the forms hover between flesh and drapery, the body and abstraction, presence and absence. Although these sculptures are resolutely objects, they engage some of the means and strategies of painting, including painting’s ability to shape light in an expressive way. Cast in lightweight materials including joint compound, paper and gesso, I rework the surfaces to bring out the luminous and haptic qualities of the gessoes. I am currently investigating both natural and synthetic gessoes, black and white, which I sand and polish to varying degrees of finish. My sculpture is also in dialogue with particular paintings – the gravitas series, for example, is informed by the shroud in Rubens Descent from the Cross. Common to all my work is the impulse to repurpose – both my materials and certain forms of Western art – to use familiar elements to tell a different story. As my work has evolved, I have begun to introduce steel and concrete -- other dramatis personae, in a sense – in order to expand my formal and expressive vocabulary. This gave me a way to respond to some of the pressing issues of our time through my work. Paper shroud for unmournable bodies, after Teju Cole is an example of this new direction, which I continue to explore. “Unmournable bodies” is Cole’s phrase for all the violent deaths that have gone unmourned by mainstream public opinion throughout history. I am working with the shroud-like qualities of my work in an ongoing project to explore the space of the unmourned. I am interested in the possibility of shared mourning for what we, as a culture, have lost – as a foil to the endless politics of disregard for the Other. Unlike my sculptural work, temple, my first large-scale architectural installation, explores the feeling of refuge. It functions as a shaded fire pit from the unrelenting sun of the Nebraskan prairie and a gathering place for devotional activities of any kind. Modeled loosely on the ancient Roman Temple of Vesta, I designed and built the round, open air structure out of abandoned farm parts, including a silo roof. Like my sculptural work, however, temple also shares a concern with shaping light. The oculus in the roof creates a column of light to the hearth below as well as a roving spot of light in the temple’s shadow, like a sundial. The temple project and my sculptures define the poles my work seeks to traverse: exposure, vulnerability -- the naked sensorium – on the one hand, and refuge on the other.
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  • gravitas i
    2012-14
    paper, joint compound, gesso on concrete plinth
    27 x 21 x 9 inches

  • gravitas i
    2012-14
    paper, joint compound, gesso on concrete plinth
    27 x 21 x 9 inches

  • gravitas i
    2012-2014
    paper, joint compound, gesso on concrete plinth
    27 x 21 x 9 inches

  • paper shroud for unmournable bodies, after Teju Cole
    2015
    rubber, paper, glue on steel and cinder blocks
    48 x 28 x 40 inches

  • antigone (work in progress)
    2015
    rubber, paper, glue, joint compound, wax on steel and cinder blocks
    48 x 28 x 40 inches

  • antigone (work in progress)
    2015
    rubber, plaster, joint compound, wax, steel, cinder blocks
    48 x 28 x 40 inches

  • daimon
    2015
    rubber inner tube, enamel, steel
    7 x 5 x 70 inches

  • gravitas iii
    2014-2015
    paper, glue, joint compound, gesso
    25 x 9 x 3.5 inches

  • figures
    2015
    paper, glue, plaster gauze, black gesso on concrete plinth
    variable

  • gravitas ii
    2012-14
    paper, glue, joint compound, gesso
    27 x 12 x 3.75 inches

  • gravitas ii
    2012-14
    paper, glue, joint compound, gesso
    27 x 12 x 3.75 inches

  • gravitas iv
    2014-15
    paper, glue, joint compound, gesso on concrete plinth
    21 x 24 x 8 inches

  • gravitas i
    2012-2014
    mixed media
    27 x 21 x 9 inches

  • temple
    2012-2014
    recycled steel: silo roof, irrigation pipes
    13' x 13' x 12'
    For Art Farm Nebraska, I built a small temple out of discarded farm parts based loosely on an ancient Roman Temple of Vesta. Like my sculpture, it too explores qualities of gravity and lift, light and

  • temple
    2012-2014
    found and fabricated steel
    13 x 13 x 12 feet

  • temple
    2012-2014
    found and fabricated steel
    13 x 13 x 12 feet
 








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