The Villain Flies, 4:06 TRT
My recent work explores remixing cultural material through storytelling and narrative. These stories are generated at the intersection of writing, image development and objecthood, creating an elaborate ecology. The images and objects I produce are tied to the tradition of collage and bricolage, disparate components coming together to create a third hybrid thing. Characters, locations and events are developed to tell the story of the land of Q, a war-torn place that is desperately trying to put itself back together. Populated with Villains, Heroes, mythical creatures subsumed by their nature; they battle, propagandize and campaign, meet secretly to plot against and double cross each other. The process of interrogating the work and responding to it has forced the narrative to inhabit multiple zones; collage, photography, sculpture, printmaking, video, written poetry, sound and radio broadcast. The subsequent objects and images can be seen as artifacts, ephemera and evidence of events taken place within the fictive complex.
RYAN MCCULLOUGH was born and raised in Tipp City, Ohio. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he concentrated in the areas of printmaking and sculpture. Upon completion of his undergraduate work he served as the Director of Sculptural Studies as well as teaching printmaking at Stivers School for the Arts. He received his MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa. McCullough has exhibited nationally, internationally and is the founder of the Standard Action Press Collaborative Zine Project.