Next week see's the opening of the legendary Visual Artist Rob Ryan's very first 3D work right here at The Old Bank Vault.
Specialising in paper-cutting and screen printing Ryan's artwork has been published in the likes of Vogue, Elle and Stylist. He has collaborated with Fashion designer Paul Smith, illustrated book and album covers and now Rob Ryan embarks upon a new direction in his latest exhibition ’Sculpture 001’.
The show consists of a single exhibit, a 9 Foot tall model of a volcano.
The crater at the crown of the sculpture is accessible by a set of stairs that allows the viewer to look within and view the sculpture’s interior.
We managed to nab 30 mins with Rob Ryan to have a chat over coffee in his studio.
Hi Rob, thank you for finding the time to have a chat with us in what we imagine to be a very busy time here in the RYAN TOWN HQ in the run up to the opening of Sculpture001 next week! To say we are very excited would be an understatement!
Arriving at Ryan Town HQ
We first spoke about this project over a year ago. How long have you been wanting to undertake a project like this?
It's been in the back of my mind for a while. For years Ive been making these ceramic tiles and had been thinking of taking that a stage further by making a sort of fountain. That hasn't happened yet, but that was what I was planning a year ago.
This is the first time you are doing a sculptural piece - how did you approach creating this magnificent (it really is quite magnificent we can’t wait for you to see it!) sculpture? We imagine it’s quite different to the approach you take on your classic paper cut outs.
Sculpture 001 coming together in Rob's Studio.
What was the intention for undertaking this sculptural project?
My main intention was just to get something made and exhibit it ! Whatever it turned out to be ! I guess, as my first 3D project I did start off kind of BIG but you have throw yourself in at the deep end sometimes just to put yourself out there !
How do you feel your work has evolved since you first started your career as an artist?
The evolution of my work has been slow and steady, I think the biggest step for me was writing longer story books. I think I'm seeing myself now as much a storyteller as an artist and this sculpture to me is just a way of telling another story.
The exhibition is called Sculpture 001 can we expect more sculpture from Rob Ryan in the future?
Well I still want to make that fountain !
Sculpture 001 opens next week and will be on until 28th July. See more here.