Ryan Parker : Finder

Ryan Parker: Finder

August 3- August 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Finder is an exhibition of new work by Philadelphia printmaker and textile designer, Ryan Parker. Parker uses traditional printmaking techniques to realize conceptual worlds that are built within a virtual 3D modeling program.

The prints for this exhibition utilize collaged compositions taken from screenshots of open windows on a computer screen. The images in the windows are fragments of a virtual space Parker has been exploring. His prints borrow their format from first-person videogame worlds such as Doom and Maze War, one of the first first-person shooter games. At the core of his exhibition at Space 1026 is a suite of recent copperplate etchings and large-scale drawings which are meant to immerse the viewer within the depicted space.

Parker was born in Arizona, and raised in Florida. He received his MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the Frans Masereel Centrum Residency in Belgium and Cork Printmakers Residency in Ireland, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. For more information about the artist visit www.ryan-parker.com .

Ryan Parker: Finder will be on view August 3 – August 25, 2012. The opening reception is Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.. After the reception, the gallery at Space 1026 is open by appointment only; please contact us at gallery@space1026.com.

Read the Reviews:

Metro Philadelphia – “The Maze As Metaphor” Shaun Brady

Knight Arts – “Ryan Parker provides a lot to find…” Chip Schwartz

Title Magazine – “Ryan Parker: Finder ” Jeffrey Bussmann

See photos of the opening on Flickr