Thought-Provoking Look at the Role of Manual Labor in Contemporary American Society
A new art exhibition focusing on work about blue collar workers by Silicon Valley artist, Ryan Carrington, opening at Gavilan College Gallery on 09/11/2013.
San Jose artist and art instructor, Ryan Carrington, presents a new body of work titled American Ideals, in which he has transformed ubiquitous raw materials from construction and manual labor trades into works of fine art that question the role and status of labor in the United States. The show will run from Sept. 11th through November 6th, 2013, with an opening reception on Sept. 11th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The show features meticulous and labor-intensive works such as Bipartisanship, a 30 inch by 22 inch piece of plywood that Carrington drilled hundreds of different colored screws into to create an all-over tartan pattern. The works in the show deal with a wide range of issues that connect labor, class, and economics with the artist's own personal and family history.
Ryan Carrington is a multimedia artist, working in metal, ceramic, installation and performance. His work has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including at the de Young Museum and 111 Minna Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and the Richmond Art Center (Richmond, CA), as well as in Colorado and Wisconsin. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO) and recently installed a public art commission along the Guadalupe River Parkway (San Jose, CA) titled Children at Play. Carrington is also a faculty lecturer at San Jose State University in the Sculpture Department.
The Art Gallery at Gavilan College is located within the Library Building and run by the Studio Art Program. The program provides students with at strong studio experience that integrates conceptual and technical artistic skills with personal and creative exploration. The program offers exceptional studio art courses in the foundation areas of Drawing, Painting, Design, Sculpture and Art History. Additional areas of expertise include Ceramics, Art Education, Murals and Community Art, and Photography. Gavilan College School District serves students in San Benito and southern Santa Clara counties, with campuses in Gilroy, Hollister and Morgan Hill. The Gallery is located at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020.