Ryan Thomas Monahan
is from from Yorkville, Illinois. Utilizing a combination of physical and imaginative exploration Ryan creates miniaturized three dimensional portraits of urban landscapes. He makes all his works by hand, there are no models used in his works. His desire to capture the beauty and grime of the world we live in is filled with moments of agony and glory. The exhibit title: “Between Heaven N’ Hell” refers to Ryan’s love/hate relationship with his creative process and the adventures it takes him on.
Look around, could you reproduce your environment using materials of no relation to their original purpose and fit it all inside a space the size of a shoe box? Construction is a difficult process; the required knowledge brings many different professions together. However, in this instance, Ryan is the ultimate construction worker – He does it all from the ground up at 1/24 the scale.
The majority of Ryan’s work portrays a fictional location. Creating a unique environment allows him to pull inspiration from visual and personal influences. It also allows him to consider using anything and everything for materials – Call him a “Junk Drawer Pirate”.
David E. Peterson
The materials that I use are extremely important to me, types of wood, different paints and a variety of finishes. The selection of the building material, constructing the object, applying the paint, and the application of the finish are all essentially equal to me. Before I fabricate a piece, I always have a set of rules that I create to play games with color, line, shape, scale, and finish. Conceptually, the work is a reference to my environment of industrial design goods and luxury fashion.