I 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.
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
3. WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (IN OHIO!) THAT I SHOULD ABSOLUTELY CHECK OUT
MORE EXAMPLES OF RYAN’S WORK (I am obsessed by his installations – so cool!!)