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Artist Ryan Muldowney
In the last ten years, my work has revolved largely around the contributions of process to the content of a work. The way in which a mark is made, as well as what the mark is made of formulate the foundation of not only the identity of that mark, but also the identity of the total work to which it belongs. Every change in material or tools, every development of technique or process leaves in its wake a population of new identities, and this evolutionary expansion of ideas is the core of my work.
Apart from a complete dependence upon deliberately staged uncertainty, one thread that unites all of the work is the interest in arriving at elegantly spare solutions to that uncertainty. With a constantly shifting spectrum of process, complete mastery becomes an impossibility, and therefore requires a paring away of the ornamentation and embroidery so commonly indulged in by the technically masterful. I seek for mastery, not of process but of understanding. Each endeavor widens the bandwidth of my comprehension, and allows me to consider the many pathways to revelation in my work.
As materials and methods multiply, so does the potential for process-oriented discovery. And as processes proliferate, so will identities. My work will ever seek to plumb the opportunities afforded by process, and through the evolution of my work, I hope I will begin to…understand.