Ryan Everson | Something Meaningful | Wood and lights | 84 x 192 x 24 in
Ryan Everson | Invisible | Steel and paint | 24 x 98 x 5 in
Ryan Everson | Deep Cuts | Wood and steel | 6 x 20 x 2 in
Ryan Everson | In Your Eyes | Wood and polished aluminum | 36 x 36 x 1.50 in
Ryan Everson | It's Been Awhile | Wood and steel | 6 x 36 x 2 in
Ryan Everson | Sweet Nothing | Wood and acrylic | 30 x 48 x 1.50 in
Ryan Everson | We Kept it Live | Steel and wood | 6 x 24 in
Ryan Everson | Will It Ever | Wood | 3 x 36 x 3 in
Ryan Everson | Map The Distance | Wood and vintage map | 54 x 21.75 x 29 in
One Grand Gallery is pleased to present Something Meaningful, Ryan Everson’s first solo exhibition in Portland, OR. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 4, 2016. The artist will be in attendance.
Paying homage to vintage commercial signage, Ryan Everson’s sculptural and photographic work simultaneously expresses a romance for engineering and the environment. These three dimensional representations of what would otherwise be a fleeting sentiment are reproduced as tangible, weighty objects. The artist brings these phrases to life in a literal way.
Integrating photography with the three-dimensional sculptures, Everson pairs fabricated memories with genuine experience. Measuring sixteen feet-wide, Something Meaningful lights up the night sky and emits a warm glow leaving the viewer to create their own narrative with a glimmer of cues. The combination of constructed visual signs with authentic remote locations, the artist reassures the viewer that his approach is earnest, relaying a hopeful message during an otherwise ironic digital age.