By Ben Lunato
Ryan’s work on SuperRare explores universe of artistic inconsistency, expression, textures, and computer-generated compression. In this interview, Ryan reveals that the nature of his work truly reflects an inner spirituality, metaphor, and scheme for understanding his world and his own experience within it. His different styles and choices to mint pieces from a decades long career reflects his changing passions and tools, yet continues to ask if his work will represent his emotions accurately. The unique perception of the wold I also experience from my own deafness only draws me closer to Ryan’s uncanny work.
BL – Much of your work has elements of digital replication, glitched files, and a “deep fried” aesthetic. How do NFTs influence your understanding of the momentary computer images in your work?
Ryan – I’m a big fan of the replication of my own work as well as the use of repetition as a theme and design element, not only in digital art, but in applied art as well. I love how Joseph Beuys used multiple units of many of the same objects and elements as symbolism to both share and extend the contexts of his experiences. The viewer will always apply those interpretations directly to their own lives. The “shifting resolutions, glitched files and “deep fried” aesthetic that you observe is also symbolic in my work. I’m Deaf, and that has a lot of context to my work and my identity. Being Deaf is not a “one size fits all” kind of understanding. Yet, most hearing people think that it is. A lot of my work is about communication and the ways that I can and cannot access communication. I’m co-dependent on visual forms of communication, which go far beyond what we can communicate using a screen and type. I use many types of visual effects and techniques to amplify both what I can access and what I can’t access. Glitch, pixels, degenerated imagery and over all overstimulated visual effect are displayed on purpose to show what “not hearing or not being included” looks like visually. My understanding of the “sustained instance of a NFT” in relationship to the imagery I create and mint is in flux. NFTs have already changed so much from when I began learning in this space in late 2018. I have a really vast repository of imagery that I have created over the last 25 plus years. Many of those images have expanded into much more than what they once were. Their momentary existence is easily transcendent. The animated GIF file format is a perfect metaphor for something that can also easily sustain one’s one relationship to their “now” moment as they loop on infinitely. I see a spiritual connection there.
BL – What is your relationship to the Internet?
Ryan – All I can think about when I contemplate the Internet and my relationship to it is its infinite creative potential. The web browser itself is a “window.” So…
Read More: editorial.superrare.com