perception is a ghost of reality
“All that was once directly lived has become a mere representation."
Ryan McClure draws creative inspiration from the resonant patterns of nature and society, from the miniscule to the infinite. The bird’s eye view is not unlike the world seen under a microscope – worlds apart in scale, but with the same compulsion towards life: To Live! This collision creates an opportunity to cite the correlation between our world and the worlds that exist outside our view, patterns that link human behavior and physiology to microscopic life and the astral realm. McClure delights in discovering these relationships, which are astoundingly prevalent in everyday life: the pulling apart of the bipolar nebulae recalls cell division, salmonella dividing, like cattle droving, like people crowded at the amusement park. The branching sea fan coral like the branches of trees or capillaries of the human lung, all breathing. In this fragile existence lies a beauty unforced yet magnificent from every vantage. In our time of fast fragmentation, Ryan’s paintings ask us to connect with worlds above and below.
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