Anthony Ryan
I organize and recombine fixed sets of found or invented elements in order to create work that is discovered rather than composed. By working within prescribed parameters and self-imposed limitation, I seek to create work that coaxes meaning from process and material.

In my most recent body of work I use paper strips that are by-products of industrial printing processes. Off-cuts and test patterns from the margins of product packaging and printed corporate collateral act as raw material and blueprint, dictating the work’s final shape through their own formal logic and systems of arrangement I determine. In these woven paper pieces redolent of textiles and grid-based abstract painting, I fashion explorations of pattern and arrangement that conjure op-art and color theory experiments. By employing materials that are vestigial artifacts of the technologies of reproduction I am trying to decode systems embedded in our visual culture.