press release

under-foot: walking through Wicker Park

April 20 through Friday, June 3, 2011
Opening: Monday, April 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the gallery, room 1105

 "Willow Dance", 2010.  Archival pen on Clearprint, 12" x 18".

Press Release

Chicago, April, 2011 -- The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake Street, proudly presents the work of Michael x. Ryan in a solo exhibitionfrom Thursday, April 20 through Friday, June 3, 2011. There will be a public reception on Monday, April 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the gallery, room 1105. Ryan will also give a lecture and workshop on Monday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 829.  The exhibition, reception and related artist talk are free and open to the public.
In this exhibition, Ryan will be presenting pieces from his ongoing Roadstains series.  These works evoke micro and macro levels of perception by magnifying liquid spilled, leaked or poured out onto city streets and sidewalks, which he discovers while walking.  These stains are recorded as they respond to force, heat, absorption rates of the earth, gravity, etc, and are rendered large, similar to a map of a large land or water mass. The individual titles give reference to a precise location and time, bringing the monochrome, monolithic nature of the finished form of these pieces back down to the pavement. In the context of the President’s Gallery, which is an office workplace and gallery space simultaneously, Ryan’s mundane monumentality lends subtle humor to the daily routine.    
underfoot…walking through Wicker Park is on display concurrently with water-line: a 20 foot line traced from a steel wire drawing following the water’s edge from the Ox-Bow dock 20 feet north on Monday, July 7th, 2008 at 10:30 am, which is being held at the Audible Gallery in the Experimental Sound Studio, 5924 N Ravenswood.  It is also a solo exhibition and it runs through May 8, 2011.  Please visit for more details on this exhibit and for more information on the project. 
Michael x. Ryan is a Chicago based visual artist who creates drawings, mappings and wood reliefs that focus on patterns made or discovered while traveling places lived and visited.  Ryan attempts to record the fleeting residue of the human presence by realizing the interconnectedness of bodies and places while magnifying the minutia of a life lived.  Ryan’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States.  His work has been acquired by a number of collections, such as The Art Institute of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (Artist’s Book Collection), American Medical Association, JP Morgan Chase and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.