Vin Ryan - Dirt World
Address: 2-4 Carlton Street, Prahran, VIC 3181
Date: Exhibition: 2 September - 4 October 2014
Call: (03) 9521 7300
OPENING DRINKS: FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER, 6PM EXHIBITION: 2 SEPTEMBER –4 OCTOBER 2014 Vin Ryan has invited his family, friends and various acquaintances to sweep the floors of their houses, collect their sweepings; the discarded, dirt, grime and dust, and submit these sweepings to the artist for aesthetic consideration. The collective effort of this strange request will be presented in Ryan’s upcoming solo exhibition Dirt World. Ryan believes that with each sweep, contained within each dustpan, is a memorial - a sample of life - as revealing as a diary. The stuff we sweep up might speak to us about ourselves in any number of ways but one thing’s for sure - we don’t want other people to see it. Nothing motivates the desire to sweep the floor more than the possibility of imminent visitors. To sweep is to remove shame. – Vin Ryan Dirt World will feature a selection of Vin Ryan’s photographs of these potentially exposing and surprisingly beautiful sweepings.
Through the exhibition the viewer is invited to peruse the dust created by others, both abject and attractive, and to consider their own detritus. Ryan works in a variety of media including drawing, photography, video and installation. His work is often a very personal attempt to make sense of the urban environments that most of us live in. Ryan completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Monash University) in 1991, followed by a Master of Fine Art (Victorian College of the Arts) in 2002. Since then he has held numerous solo exhibitions including Arcadian Summer, Anna Pappas Gallery, 2012; Endless Days, Anna Pappas Gallery, 2010 and Tree Game, Monash Gallery of Art, 2009. Ryan’s work has also been included in many notable group and prize exhibitions including I walk the line: New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009; Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery and National Works on Paper Prize. His work can be found in the Artbank, City of Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery collections amongst many others. He is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery.