Six questions for
Ryan Oskin

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Ryan Oskin.

Artist Ryan Oskin
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

How do you describe your own art practice?

I use photography, sculpture, installation to explore the time between the formation and destruction of urban architecture.

What was your first experience with art?

It is really hard for me to remember my first experience with art as something definitive. I was introduced slowly through school, plaster painting at birthday parties, and drawing my childhood home in my notebook.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My greatest source of inspiration is walking. It is an integral part of my process that influences how I think about public and private space while enabling me to constantly re-evaluate my relationship to my immediate surroundings.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Place and space are the most important aspects for me in order to create work. I need to be actively engaged with a natural or constructed landscape and somewhere to go for thinking, creating, and planning.

What are you working on at the moment?

I just had a two-person exhibition with Victoria Martinez open at LVL3 in Chicago that will be up until July 1st. For this exhibition, Moments in Between, I wanted to explore the between space between idealization and realization. The series of four aluminium sculptures use decorative fence renderings that incorporate natural symbolism (wine grapes, vines, and various flowers) related to the Greek god Dionysus and nature’s bounty. They enclose images of New York undergoing development through renderings found on the outside of buildings as well as their surrounding barriers. In addition, new ‘liquid’ fences hover across multiple surfaces. Pools of reflective mylar scattered throughout the space as if it just rained allow visitors to look at themselves and the floating works in new ways.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

When I was in Chicago, I went to Volume Gallery for the first time and was really surprised by exhibition by Ross Hansen titled Super Natural. There was an animated epoxy ceramic chair with the surface texture of suede that contrast with the marbled background. New ways of considering surface and texture is always exciting to me.

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