3 Questions with Ryan Humphrey, Artist, BMXer, Total Badass, Great Friend!!

headerI first met Ryan in 2009 at the Queens International 4 (Queens Museum of Art).  He had created Fast Forward, a blockbuster show that tapped his BMX roots.  It was one of the most fun, immersive and high energy art experiences ever.  Coincidentally, I was working on a project for the X-Games and I had seen an interview with Ryan on ESPN.com. I got in touch with him (God only knows what he thought when I emailed him totally out of the blue – but he was a good sport and met me at Dutch Kills Bar in LIC arriving on his BMX of course).  I am happy to report that we’ve been great friends since.  I love Ryan’s work – it’s reckless and masculine and beautiful.  And he’s also very cheeky (thanks for the butt plug sculpture that I displayed proudly until someone pointed out what it was!!).  Ryan has recently reclaimed his roots in Ashtabula, Ohio, buying a huge studio and producing an amazingly creative new body of work.  So here we go with Ryan’s 3 Questions…

1. 3 FAVORITE GALLERIES

It is difficult to narrow it down to just three, but some of my favorites are Marian Goodman, Paul Kasmin, and David Zwirner – the recent Marcel Dzama show was the best thing I have seen in years. It made me fall in love with art all over again.

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Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner

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Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner

2. 3 BRANDS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT

I could easily list 10, but here are 3:  Adidas sneakers, Plutonium Spray Paint, and Toyota Trucks

Adidas. They are fly, and you can climb a fence in them. Utility and style.

Adidas. They are fly, and you can climb a fence in them. Utility and style. (Based on photos, I can vouch that Ryan only wears Adidas!)

 

Plutonium Spray Paint. Made in Detroit.

Plutonium Spray Paint. Made in Detroit.

 

Toyota trucks. They have been my main mode of transportation since 1987. The Taliban uses them, so you know they can take a beating.

Toyota trucks. They have been my main mode of transportation since 1987. The Taliban uses them, so you know they can take a beating.

3. WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (IN OHIO!) THAT I SHOULD ABSOLUTELY CHECK OUT

Rennick Meat Market right by Ryan's new studio in Ashtabula, Ohio

Rennick Meat Market is right down the street from my studio, The owners are from NYC and this place could be on any cool block in Brooklyn.

MORE EXAMPLES OF RYAN’S WORK (I am obsessed by his installations – so cool!!)

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Fast Forward, at Moore College of Art & Design featured 30 BMX bikes, ramps, and a giant bike-themed rug. The exhibition’s opening reception had a bunch of guys jamming inside the museum. They had a grind box, wall ride, and wedge ramp.

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Ryan Humphrey’s Fast Forward at Queens International 4 at The Queens Museum of Art

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“Look for the dream that keeps coming back”, Art Galapagos, Brooklyn 2010 Photo via Lilly now

Ryan Humphrey during his Fast Forward Show

Ryan Humphrey during his Fast Forward Show

Fast Forward, at Moore College of Art & Design featured 30 BMX bikes, ramps, and a giant bike-themed rug. The exhibition’s opening reception had a bunch of guys jamming inside the museum. They had a grind box, wall ride, and wedge ramp.

Fast Forward, at Moore College of Art & Design featured 30 BMX bikes, ramps, and a giant bike-themed rug. The exhibition’s opening reception had a bunch of guys jamming inside the museum. They had a grind box, wall ride, and wedge ramp.

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