• Exhibition: April 11–May 4, 2019
  • Reception: Thurs., April 11 at 6:00 pm
  • Artist talk at 6:30 pm

Artist Bio

Ryan Rasmussen is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work spans practices in sculpture, installation, interactive objects, video, digital fabrication, teaching, and things that have mass or do not. Ryan holds his MFA in Dimensional Practice from the University of Iowa, as well as an MA in Sculpture with a minor in Printmaking also from the University of Iowa. He received his BFA from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

Ryan has exhibited both nationally and internationally in such venues as Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar; CICA Museum of South Korea; the Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago, IL; the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery in Midland-Odessa, TX; and Clough Hansen in Memphis, TN. In 2018 his work will be included in the International Biennial at the Museu do Douro in Portugal. 

Artist Statement

My works serve as meditations on the multifarious aspects of the built environment, primarily spotlighting the visual language of cultural artifacts and popular products. My investigations therefore take on many forms, including: sculpture, installation, kinetic and electronic works, collaboration, design, 3-D printing and digital fabrication, video and things that have mass or do not. 

I glean the tools of extrapolation and mimicry from literary Science Fiction to research how, together with technology, cultural artifacts simultaneously embody and project desire through an expanding global vernacular. These forms embody a sort of cultural composite whose morphology is based on an abstract, socially agreeable, representation of value. As a result, they are exceptional in their adaptability to social change and are capable of igniting cultural mutation as well as mirroring it. My role as an artist is to interpret these forces that are not only present in our world but are major players in crafting it. 


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