Book Launch for Liza Ryan: The Unreal Real at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
December 15, 2018
Saturday, December 15th, 4 - 6 pm
Discussion between Liza Ryan and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer at 4:30 pm
The Unreal Real, Liza Ryan’s fifth publication. Thirteen chapters present a collection of Ryan’s nuanced observations. Trained as a photographer and a student of literature, Ryan uses images as language as she moves fluidly between photography and video, collage and mixed media. The Unreal Real describes the otherworldly that exists in the everyday and offers a common thread of meaning throughout Ryan’s layered oeuvre. Whether documenting her experience in Antarctica or examining the repercussions of loss, Ryan’s work captures a sense of evanescence that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Liza Ryan: Necessary Recalibration
Artists & Climate Change
March 29, 2018
I have travelled to many out-of-the-way places but the Antarctic landscape, or my imagined Antarctica, has been on my mind for as long as I can remember. It was like a mythical place that was rumored to be real. I visited Antarctica two years ago in January and feel like a part of me is still there.
Liza Ryan’s Altered Images Summon the Terrible Beauty of Antarctica
February 28, 2018
“My initial impression was one of suspended belief because I had no point of reference for what I saw. The scene from the ship felt like a backdrop for a movie or theater,” she says. Only on further inspection, when Ryan boarded a kayak and actually entered into the landscape, did the utterly foreign scene begin to make sense. “It’s almost like you have to touch it to believe it’s real,” she says.
Liza Ryan: Must-See Art Guide - Los Angeles
January 25, 2018
Los Angeles was recently crowned as the artist capital of the world—boasting more working artists than even New York!—and it has the gallery scene to match. From your heavy-hitter white cube venues to grungy underground artist-run spaces, the city has it all.
Liza Ryan: ‘Antarctica was my teacher’
January 18, 2018
For years, artist Liza Ryan has carried a camera with her wherever she goes, taking photographs all over her adopted hometown of Los Angeles. But two years ago, when she travelled by sea to Antarctica to celebrate her 50th birthday, fulfilling a life-long dream, she was stymied, unable to shoot. “I felt almost trapped,” she says, overwhelmed by the monumental gap between her own small figure and the frozen, otherworldly, glacial landscape.