Video Installation, 2021
Advertisements in our public spaces present images that seep into our daily unconscious consumption. They arrest our visual attention in order to mediate our thoughts, ideas, feelings, and desires. The uncommon empty, degenerate, or dysfunctional billboard therefore teases a contemplative irony – it simultaneously shirks its usual visual authority, while also surfacing a possible spectacle of absence. Through a montage of stills which collect these rare moments, this video installation contemplates how a frame’s loss of its image could actually present a disrobing that reveals a monolithic tool of power. Strangely enough, if the artist is unnaturally absent from the reflection, then what questions does that raise for any creation of imagery? Placeholder therefore muses upon power, visual consumption, and the treachery of media.
Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with video and installation. Bantering with ideas of representation, Ryan’s work skeptically indulges iterations of a perennial longing. Through looking reflexively at art, imagery, and the creative process, his work attempts to reconcile hope, futility, striving, and acceptance within a redemptive gesture. Ryan graduated with a BFA in Studio with Distinction at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown at screenings and exhibitions in Singapore, Chicago, Berlin and Rome. He spends too much time trying to figure out what he spends too much time on.