Former Lawrenceville studio member Ryan Woodring is coming to visit! A resident of Portland, Oregon since 2013, Woodring is returning to present his new work at the International Sculpture Conference. Which is cool (welcome back, Ryan!) but curious, because Woodring doesn't consider himself a sculptor. Instead, he is a kind of object investigator, exploring the lives and deaths of sculptures.
Ryan is presenting on a panel with Lauren F. Adams and Vanessa German. Interested? Read an email he sent us about his talk, below learn more on the conference website!
I don't consider myself a sculptor but this is an interesting discussion topic for me. My work is inspired by current events and how the digital dissemination of these events changes our perceptions of the people and objects involved. My recent work involves the complicated digital afterlives of sculptures and monuments destroyed by ISIS at the Mosul museum.
I appropriate several shots from the propaganda video displaying the sculptures' demise, using software and techniques during my years in the visual effects industry (ISIS undoubtedly uses some of the same software now; the production quality of their motion graphics is better than anything seen from a terrorist organization). In earlier works from the series, I digitally painted out the perpetrators of the destruction to generate looped moments of ambiguous agency where sculptures appear to be tearing tarps off themselves. Given the complicated conditions of the collections upon ISIS’s arrival, with many sculptures existing as plaster replicas whose original forms sit in Western museums, I have since begun digitally removing the sculptures themselves from the clips of their destruction. This removal highlights the awkward theatricality of the terrorists’ repetitive motions while relieving the decimated sculptures of their role in digital propaganda.
In new work that I will be discussing at the conference, I consider the colonial implications of destroyed sculptures and monuments, like the Monumental Arch of Palmyra, which is being rebuilt by Western tech organizations, and dive further into the polarizing world of visual effects.
- Ryan Woodring
Panel Discussion: Older Than Yesterday's News
Monday, October 17, 2016
9:30 - 11 AM
August Wilson Center Theater
Moderator: Andrew Ellis Johnson
Panelists: Lauren F. Adams, Vanessa German, Ryan Woodring
Older than Yesterday's News presents sculpture that engages with objects, events, materials or processes of the past to transport us beyond the perpetual now. It presents four artists whose work operates between requiem and revelation, altering how we see and understand current systemic socio-political afflictions.