This March Gladstone exhibitions intern Laura Warren-Causton curates her first exhibition, Intimate Immensity: Spaces We Inhabit, which presents the work of four Alberta-based artists, each of whom reveals a significant aspect about how we occupy and experience space, both physically and psychologically.
Below is her interview with one of the featured artists, Ryan Wolters. Be sure to visit the exhibit from March 5 – 18 in the 2nd floor gallery.
Laura Warren-Causton You produced hundreds of drawings on the same subject for your MFA exhibition. Tell me about your practice.
Ryan Wolters My drawing work is fairly new. When I began my current work I hadn’t drawn in any serious way for over a decade. My practice had been predominantly Collage with some Digital Printmaking thrown in. I began drawing again during a period of illness and it completely overwhelmed the work I had been making.
The 9×12” drawings are like an abstract diary. At the time of their most fevered production I did at least one a day – often more. As I began to develop larger drawings I found I still needed to make these in order to satisfy some form of burgeoning graphomania
L.W.C How do you feel your work shifts within these works?
R. W I don’t really think about it. I draw so much without looking back over what I’ve produced over long periods of time that it can often feel like nothing is progressing until I look thru the pile. I draw until I feel it is done then I move on to the next one. Most of the 9×12 works are done in one sitting without returning to a single work. I just trust/hope that the practice of drawing naturally progresses. I can’t and won’t plan them out. I want the work to be organic and immediate. I think this immediacy translates to the larger drawings which require multiple sittings by nature.
L.W.C How do you see your work evolving from here?
R. W Again, I don’t spend too much time fretting over it. Other than maybe format and scale I am content to let the work evolve without some kind of arbitrary stratagem. I let the marks happen spontaneously. I view works that inspire me and absorb what interests me. I’m looking at a lot of horror comics from the 70’s right now…
Ryan Wolters is Masters of Fine Art graduate from the University of Alberta specializing in Drawing and Intermedia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver in 2004, and holds a diploma in visual art from Camosun College in Victoria. Wolters has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Vancouver Film School and as a Sessional Drawing Instructor for the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He has previously exhibited his work in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, and at an international printmaking symposium in Bentlage, Germany in 2009. Wolters has held teaching positions, assistantships and research positions at the University of Alberta.
Wolters practice includes drawing, and collage focusing on and fear and neurosis as it relates to the human body.