Sunday, November 8, 2015

Lost Archives at The Front

I have a show coming up at The Front November 14th - December 6th.  
Lost Archives is an exhibition of all new work including video, photo, collage, painting and drawing. 


Lost Archives is the collection of a fictional museum display, an alternate system for categorizing and exploring the natural world. The work in this show utilizes a variety of collage approaches as a way of creating order from seemingly random elements. Clips from various nature videos are layered together in a similar fashion to the shelves of collaged cards created from found and generated components. Landscapes are altered in an attempt to cull patterns from the shapes within. Natural elements are magnified, mirrored, multiplied and put on display.

Lost Archives began its formation after a visit to the Natural History Museum in New York City earlier this year. The endless halls of carefully crafted displays showcasing the mysteries of the universe peaked my interest into the connection between geometry and nature. The push and pull of order vs. chaos is apparent in the constant human struggle to control nature and it’s inevitable destructive forces. The museum displays elements of this planet in a perfection that is antithetical to its subject matter. Taxonomy’s, charts, graphs, labels and other systems are put upon these wild elements in a manner which fringes on absurdity. It is both proof of the incredible achievements of the human mind and a humbling reminder that nature will never be tamed.


Video Stills from Lost Archives, 2015, Digital Video, 4min, 17sec

Saturday, June 6, 2015

DIAS Urban Collection

My video Parallel Realms, is now a part of the permanent collection at the Digital Interactive Art Space in Vallensbæk, Norway. They will be screening it this summer as part of the DIAS Urban Collection.

DIAS Urban Collection
June 18. – August 7.

Welcome, DIAS Urban Collection! On June 18th, we open our summer exhibition DIAS Urban Collection. The exhibition presents a selection of pieces from our newly founded DIAS Urban Collection- some are representations of important trends within the field of digital art, others are examples of site specific pieces created for DIAS at Vallensbæk Station. Recently, we held an Open Call and received many interesting ideas for pieces for the station, and we look forward to presenting works by Jacob Sikker Remin, Jette Hye Jin Mortensen and Brian Kure.
Part of DIAS Urban Collection is also the wonderful piece Pastellpop by Jan Brand and Bianca Stich, and more. Keep an eye on our website and drop by the station.
DIAS Urban Collection is on until August 7th.


Jacob Sikker Remin (dk)
Jytte Hye Jin Mortensen (dk)
Brian Kure (dk)
Carl-Emil Carlsen (dk)
Søren Lyngsøe Knudsen (dk)
Ryn Wilson (us)
Jan Brand (de)
Bianca Stich (de)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Artists in Conversation: Pelican Bomb

I had the pleasure of recording a conversation with my mentor, Naomi Shersty, in January. It has been transcribed and published on

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Digital Native Film Festival at The Front

The events committee at The Front is gearing up to host a really excellent selection of films for our first open call shorts festival. We are excited to host an international selection of 32 video artists whose work explores concepts of mistranslations, glitches, and failures when combining new and old technical methods in their video making process.

Still from Anouchka Oler's Episode 2

Artists include:
Vanessa Centeno (USA)
Jason Childers (USA)
Megan Erwin (USA)
Liliana Farber (Israel)
Jessica Fenlon (USA)
Scott Fitzpatrick (Canada)
Dakota Gearhart (USA)
Bob Gelle and Chee Wang Ng (USA)
Patty Harris (USA)
Lin Tzu Huan (Taiwan)
Madukhai Kaylin (USA)
John C. Kelley (USA)
Hye Young Kim (USA)
Chris King (USA)
Krefer (Brazil)
Peter Kusek (USA)
Christine Lucy Latimer (Canada)
Derek G. Larson (USA)
Maria Lino (USA)
Rebecca Nadjowski (USA)
Adam Scott Neal (USA)
Anouchka Oler (France)
Edward Ramsay-Morin (USA)
Banfield Rees (UK)
Kara Schmidt (USA)
Eric Souther (USA)
Matthew Thompson (USA)
Kelsey Velez (USA)
Matt Whitman (USA)
Tina Willgren (Sweden)
Dustin Zemel (USA)
John Zobele (USA)

Still from Derek Larson's H(TM)L5 or The Longest Mantra

Still from Peter Kusek's TIAGA (These Impulses Are Greatly Amplified)

Lee Deigaard
Imen Djouini
Cristina Molina
Ryn Wilson

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Discipline at The Front, March 14th - April 5th, 2015

Discipline by Ryn Wilson and Peter Hoffman is on view at The Front from March 14th-April 5th.
Discipline is an installation primarily of works on paper including drawing, collage, sewing, gouache, watercolor, and ink.  The artists gave themselves the task to each make one work per week for twenty- two weeks, alternating on presenting a theme for each drawing.  The results are two separate takes on a challenge, usually meant to amuse the other in the title or phrasing of the theme.  Subjects range from porcupines, comic books, crop circles, eunuchs, and stowaways, to an increasing focus on mythology, mysticism, and outdated belief systems.  As much as the drawings are an exercise in exercising, they are also a display of simultaneous critique and belief in the images; a large and intentionally convoluted range of depictions, dutifully rendered.

Ryn Wilson and Peter Hoffman are New Orleans artists, both originally from different parts of Wisconsin.  Ryn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and Peter received his BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Both are recent graduates from the University of New Orleans Master of Fine Arts program (photography/video and painting/sculpture, respectively).  They reside together with two cats and a parakeet.

I also currently have work up at the Aquarium Gallery and Studios in a group show of work by current studio artists.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last day of Videoextravaganza #3 in Vallensbæk, Norway

Videoextravaganza #3 – Translocations, or on how presence in space can change (you)

Ryn Wilson, Jan Brand, Bianca Stich, Mircea Cantor, David Byrne, Stephan R. Johnson

18.12.2014 - 15.02.2015

Here are some installation shots of the subway station video installation exhibition I participated in.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Videoextravaganza #3 – Translocations, or on how presence in space can change (you)

My short film Parallel Realms is now screening in a funtional S-train station in Vallensbæk, Norway as part of a public art event put on by the Digital Interactive Art Space. It will run from December 18th - February 15th, 2015.

The exhibition is about how we, as humans, constantly have to adapt to the situation, we are in. To ‘fit in’ and to create meaning and re-create ourselves in a changing everyday-life, where we are constantly challenged by factors outside ourselves. The philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard talks about this condition as ‘the collapse of the great narratives.’ As individuals we are aware of differences, diversity and the incompatibility between our wants and convictions – we can no longer explain our world in alignment with the traditional all-encompassing models established through political systems and religious convictions. The post-modern time we live in, is characterized by an overflow of small stories, we put together to a whole that makes sense for each one of us.
The title Translocations, or on how presence in space can change (you) refers on the one hand to the dynamic relationship between the individual and the circumstances we are part of. On the other, it refers to the troubles of translation that occurs, when we time and time again must re-create and re-interpret the specific situation. Is that even possible? Or is it a case of individual and place interacting in some kind of paradoxical or random interaction?
The exhibition theme tackles the way people experience and construct relation between cause and effect to create meaning. The pieces are selected with the wish to examine the contradictory relations not immediately explained by common logic of cause and effect.
Finally, the exhibition highlights a site-specific condition. DIAS as an art space is based on a ‘something’ which is placed in an unexpected and new context  – the ‘translocation’. The art space disrupts the traditional framing of art, to allow digital art, digital logic and artistic strategies interplay with reality and the city space.

Parallel Realms, 2012-2013
Video, loop, color, 4:37 min.

The work is a commentary on the difficulties that can arise, when we repeatedly recreate and reinterpret ourselves in a specific situation, and how we as humans constantly have to adapt to the situation – both to “fit in” and to find meaning, thus being able to recreate ourselves in a changing everyday life, where we are constantly challenged by external factors.
In the video Ryn Wilson explores, with a lovely understated humor, the experience of placing oneself in a new context and thus be either participating in or observing the reality that is right there. By projecting herself into a film, the artist toys with our perception of, what it is we see. She thus becomes both a character in the fictional world and a critic who comments on the absurdity of the impact a film has on its viewers. She becomes both voyeur and exhibitionist at the same time.