04.6.2012 - 06.01.2012
Michael x. Ryan's installations are big--in size and content. In Holes and Flow, Ryan uses data compiled from the Elmhurst Quarry and similar sites to build his gallery sized, multi-dimensional installation at Elmhurst Art Museum.
Ryan approaches his art making and installations as a scientist approaches an object of study, collecting scientific data about his subject to develop compositional content. From many sources – environmental studies, topographical maps and personal observation – Ryan communicates a broad range of information in the form of drawings, laser-cut wood sculptures and immersive environmental spaces. In Holes and Flow, the artist is particularly interested in the abstract shapes of different quarry elevations throughout stages of development and erosion, especially in the keyway, a man-made arch that allows for the flow of diverted flood waters from Salt Creek.
Focusing on sites difficult to reach, but near urban populations, Ryan devotes enormous amounts of time to developing his exhibitions into total environments. His narrative expresses the preciseness of the geographical data sets and the mysterious quality of his locations. Ryan’s installations invite the viewer to explore large landforms in an intimate space, devoid of the distractions and physical limitations of the location.
Join us for the opening reception of Holes and Flow on Friday, April 6 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This program is free and open to the public.
Join us for Art, History and the Impact of the Elmhurst Quarry focused on the Work of Michael x. Ryan and moderated by Curator Aaron Ott on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 pm. This program is free and open to the public.