Close Your Eyes and Take a Look
If you happen to be in or around Connecticut in the next couple of months you definitely want to check out Ryan V. Brennan’s exhibition Close Your Eyes and Look as Far as You Can See. I never had the pleasure to be anywhere near one of Ryan’s exhibitions, but the more I read about and see from him the more I want to.
Using collage, video and performance art Ryan will exhibit work from the Cinemallage Series and the Living Exercises Project. Here is a little preview to his Cinemallage Series.
“Exploring varying avenues within my practice, each project reveals a venture as distinctly unique as it is indicative of a common perspective on life universal throughout my work. Both sincerely whimsical and discerningly naïve, these projects are curious ventures into deciphering an enigmatic world equally magnetically magical and profoundly tragic.” (Ryan V. Brennan)
About the Cinemallage Series
” Housed within each collage is a video player displaying chapters of an imaginative tale of a young mans journey through a future utopian fantasy world where he learns how the power of imagination can make a change in the world around him. This story employs the naïve language of fairytale as a vehicle to engage several real issues in today’s society evoking hope and community in a trying time of uncertain future.
“Following the protagonist through this future utopian world we come across many characters who discuss various concerns we face today such as recession, credit and mortgage crisis, global warming, social inequality, and modern food production. The characters give insight into how they overcame such challenges and offer the power of imagination as a means for hope for a better future.” (Ryan V. Brennan)
About the Living Exercises Project
“An ongoing performance project based on a series of instructions to be done sometimes privately or publicly, aimed to broaden one’s perspective personally and socially. Recorded in the form of an instructional handmade book of exercises to be done along, with friends, family and strangers, the series facilitates introspective, cathartic and enlightening experiences. Included with the handmade books are DVDs documenting several recent performances described within the book.” (Ryan V. Brennan)