Ryan Pierce
Sad Gods
New Paintings

October 2 - November 1, 2014

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In Sad Gods, Portland-based artist, Ryan Pierce, investigates the link between our yearning to understand the nonhuman world and our desire to conquer it. The artist draws on inspiration from the journals of Spanish conquistadors and Enlightenment-era botanists, as well as indigenous American narratives foretelling European invasion. Pierce considers whether we are living in an era of new exploration, as we reshape our landscape through climate change, industrial agriculture and bio-engineering.

Pierce received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2003. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the CUE Foundation (New York, NY), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY), Roberts and Tilton Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Lisa Dent Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Babel Gallery (Trondheim, Norway). He has received recognition from Art in America, Art Papers, Art Week, and the Oregonian, and grants from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. He is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Pierce is the co-founder of Signal Fire, an organization that provides wilderness residencies and retreats to artists of all disciplines.


Exhibition Images


Bird of Ash
flashe and mylar on canvas over panel
27 x 21 inches

 
Premonition
flashe and spraypaint on canvas over panel
27 x 21 inches

  The Conflation of History
The Conflation of History
flashe on canvas over panel
34.5 x 46.5 inches

 
The Collector
flashe on cacnvas over panel
34.5 x 46.5 inches

 
Portrait of the Viewer as Lope d Aguirre
ink, flashe and mylar on canvas over panel
60 x 47 inches

  The Moon Through the Window
The Moon Through the Window
ink and flashe on canvas over panel
60 x 47 inches

 
Virga
ink, flashe and spraypaint on canvas over panel
72.5 x 72.5 inches

  Lianas
Lianas
flashe on canvas over panel
72.25 x 72.25 inches

 
Invasive 3
stoneware, Morning Glory and soil
15 x 12 x 10 inches

 
Invasive 2
stoneware, Morning Glory and soil
15 x 12 x 10 inches

 
Invasive 1
stoneware, Morning Glory and soil
15 x 12 x 10 inches

 
Mountain with Cold Teeth
flashe, ink and spray paint on canvas over panel
46.5 x 34.5 inches

 
Gonzalo Guerrero
flashe on canvas over panel
27 x 21 inches