What’s artist Beverly Ryan doing with that plasma cutter? And what, exactly, is this inflatable creation below?
They’re both artworks under construction for Ryan’s upcoming exhibit at The Art League, “Drone Zone.” The artist is posting works in progress and other goodies on her Instagram @bev_ryan — like this painting that’s not quite finished:
Drones first started appearing in Ryan’s work a few years ago, and you may remember her Drone Free Zone installation from “Not a Box”:
The subject is as ripe for exploration as ever, with drones in use today for surveillance, warfare, delivery, photography, and more. Ryan’s recent work asks viewers to pause and reflect on what this could mean for themselves and others.
Mixed media paintings, metal and fiber sculptures, and even silk-screened T-shirts will be a part of this exhibit. For the artist, it’s an intuitive process:
“My work is about discovery. I begin with a small germ of an idea and it evolves as I progress. I figure out where I am going as I paint. I have learned to trust the process. Creating a new installation of paintings, drawings, and sculpture appeals to me and motivates me to move into new territory.”
“Drone Zone” is on view March 7–31, 2018. Opening reception: Thursday, March 8, 6:30–8:00 pm.