January 25 – March 15, 2019
Dual opening reception, 5:30-8:00 P.M. with Kelley O’Brien
The Artist Talks: Ryan Dewey, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Kelley O’Brien, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Years ago, Ryan learned to make tools by hand one block away from The Sculpture Center as an apprentice blacksmith at Cleveland Ornamental Iron (now closed). He views this geographic return to the neighborhood as a moment of convergence where his interests come back full circle. Ryan is excited to exhibit at The Sculpture Center as a W2S artist as it will allow him an opportunity to produce a new body of work specifically focused on traditions of tool making, and how tool making might enable new collaborations between humans and the natural world.
“My work focuses on discovering new ways to think about nature across deep time (past, present, and future). I am particularly interested in building collaborations between contemporary humans and geologic forces for both near future and deep future scenarios. I utilize empathy, ritual, and speculative design to communicate about our relationship to nature. By drawing formal comparisons between geologic forces and human activity I aim to knit a tighter connection between contemporary humans and the rapidly changing climate conditions of our current geologic era: the anthropocene. What I’m after is a set of tools to prime natural landscapes for collaborations across time scales in a way that references the human systems that accelerated global warming and delayed the next ice age. To get there I build hand tools that help me better understand geologic forces and speculate about new ways to engage the functions displayed by geologic forces like glaciers, volcanoes, and the rock cycle. These hand tools and physical sites of priming are simultaneously memorials, warnings, and sites of hopefulness about our situatedness in nature.”
Ryan Dewey studied cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University, earning his Masters (2012) with emphasis on the interaction of human attention, visual rhetoric, emotions, and the organization of space. This undergirds his research-driven approach to sculpture, installation, text and performance and forms a philosophical grounding for his post-disciplinary work with topics of climate change, land-use and infrastructural systems.
Visit Ryan Dewey website.
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