Contemporary excesses are laid bare in Ryan McClelland’s sick visual taxidermy of modern life. McClelland presents everyday scenes of low-culture in his cool, stark images of the Zeitgeist.
When confronted by Ryan McClelland’s narrative prints, what initially strikes the viewer is the pure physicality of the artwork. They occupy a scale more akin to painting than precious printmaking, although use traditional, linoblock techniques. A myriad of stylistic and ideological contradictions present themselves, intending to deride the notion of the fine arts being the exclusive purveyor of good taste. Ryan’s work exudes a punky nihilism and he employs a consciously “primitive” approach to his practise.