Cascade Gallery

Cascade Campus TH 102 | Gallery Director: Jacqueline Ehlis |

Jack Ryan, Scriabin’s Mustache

Scriabin's Mustache
February 25, 2010 to March 31, 2010.
9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday
Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 6pm to 8pm, TH 102
Artist Talk:
Thursday, March 4, 2010,11am to 12 noon, MAHB 221

Cascade Gallery presents Scriabin’s Mustache, an exhibition of work by Jack Ryan.

Alexander Scriabin was a Russian composer whose life and eccentricities becomes a conceptual nexus for this collection of work. Killed by combing and rupturing a carbuncle nested in his flamboyant mustache, Scriabin’s life and musical oeuvre is an opportunity to construct and explore Ryan’s interest in conspiracies of form and the poetics of ideas.

Sound, video, light, and sculptural works tamper with time and perception.  Other works playfully examine Scriabin’s carbuncle, connecting it to meteor showers and marks of divinity like the stigmata.

Scriabin’s so-called mystic tone sequence and his interest in Italian serialist composition become subject matter to explore sound structure and mathematical systems in fantastical realms.
Dualities of perception, fractured qualia, romanticism that lingers in post-modernity and an impulse to see the extraordinary in the ordinary are some of the interests that color Ryan’s work.

Born and raised in Portland, Ryan moved back to the Pacific Northwest last year. He is an artist, independent curator and a member of Fugitive Projects, a collective, beehive, and artist advocacy.  Last summer, research award residencies brought him to Iceland and Banff.  He has exhibited and screened work across the country most recently at The Powerhouse in Memphis, MICA, Syracuse University, and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.  Abroad he has shown work at Ausstellungsraum Klingental in Basel, Switzerland, The Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in Ireland. The Interactive Screen Summit in Canada, and The IMAFY in Cairo, Egypt.

Images from the Exhibition

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