My practice consists of a self-conscious body of research stemming from a particular physical, social, and temporal node, myself, Ryan Park. Beginning from awareness of one's ultimate separateness from others as embodied collectors of data and processors of information, my work is a means of inquiry into the relationships, codes, organizational systems, communicative links and gaps, and intentions that define self and others.
I often make use of the familiar, or the common, as a means of instant, and collective, recognition: to make the work accessible and to frame the complexity of interactions, the desires, assumptions and everyday precepts brought to even the most ordinary of images, objects, and actions. Using a variety of media and processes, my work is propelled by rigorous systems of production and poetic hypothesis.
Work stems from elaborated sketches, small connections that propose avenues for further analysis. Experimental replication and repetition is a common strategy that I employ in my process, a tendency informed by my scientific background. Rather than definitive conclusions, my experiments often lead to perceptual and logical limbo. The mass-produced is confused and conflated with the hand-made, public data with personal, skill with failure, humour with loneliness, ego with insecurity, and art with everyday life. My work is an attempt to give form to, and acknowledge, these disjunctions: to make aware one's self-consciousness and physio-temporal position in the world, to explore the fragility of certainty, and to evoke the sense of wonder and openness that this allows.
Artist Bio / CV
EXHIBITIONS *(SOLO AND TWO PERSON)
- 161 Gallon Gallery (Halifax NS), "Krebs Cycle", curated by Kathleen McKenna
- Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax NS), "Actual", curated by Emily Jones.
- Emmedia Gallery and Production Society (Calgary AB), "Digital Sugar Cubed", curated by Spencer Idenouye.
- NSCAD University (Halifax NS), "Here it is", curated by Jennifer Simaitis.
*Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax NS), "raw data"
- Loop Gallery (Toronto ON), "art: to ease crappy conversation"
- Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax NS), "NSCAD U High"
*Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax NS), "Ideal states" (with Shawn Reynar)
- Langara College (Vancouver BC), "Art This; Art That: Fine Arts Graduation Show"
- Buffalo Gallery: Langara College (Vancouver BC) "The greatest game ever", collaborative drawing installation curated by Steven Hubert and Rebecca Brewer.
- Buffalo Gallery: Langara College (Vancouver BC) "Evolution", curated by Jeremy Hof.
CATALOGUES, ARTICLES, AND WEB
- Landry, Mike "Young Guns", Visual Arts News, Vol 29, No 3, Winter 2008, p.6-11
- VVORK, http://www.vvork.com/?m=200709, September 2007
- Jones, Emily "Ryan Park" Actual, Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 2007.
- MacGregor, Phlis “Make Do“ Mainstreet, CBC Radio, Halifax, May 1 2007.
- Jager, David "Miniatures make a big impact" Now Magazine, Vol 26 No 15, December 14-20, 2006.
- Webb-Campbell, Shannon "Sure Thing: Ideal States", The Coast, Vol 13, No 1, May 25-June 1 2006, p.39.
- Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage Production Grant, 2008
- Studio 21 Fine Art Scholarship, 2007
- BC Arts Council Senior Scholarship, 2005
B.F.A. Fine arts / Art history minor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax NS)
Diploma: Fine Arts (Dean's list), Langara College (Vancouver BC)
B.Sc. Biology / Ecology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC)