Preventative Measures, 2012, Oil on linen, 36 x 48 inches
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 22 - March 31, 2013
The Lab is pleased to present a solo show by Michael Ryan entitled “Mere Reflections” in the Front Gallery. Ryan (b. 1972) in Roanoke, Virginia completed received his BFA in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in New Practices at San Francisco State University in 2007.
Working in both oil painting and sculpture, Ryan explores consumer waste as both form and subject. Portraits of empty plastic clamshell packaging in the style of classical Memento Mori still life contrast with plaster casts of the packaging itself. There is an ambiguity in the work; an interplay between transparency and opacity, ephemerality and permanence that reflect our relationship with the material of civilized culture.