Title of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
Gorecki Alumni Center
Ryan Stander received his M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of North Dakota. He currently teaches in the Art Department at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.
The North Dakota oil boom is a complex reality. Questions and concerns abound about the long-term ecological effects, dangerous working an driving conditions, as well as the social impacts this has had on the region. Along those lines, I have recently been asked to join a project documenting the man camps in wester North Dakota. As such, the people who make their living in these dangerous environments have been on my mind. As a photographer, I wanted to draw upon and recontextualize something from the history of photography. To that end, I decided to employ Lewis Hine's photographs of the men dangling over the New York City skyline as they constructed the Empire State Building (imaged in silver over the large drilling operation) to suggest the dangerous realities in work. The print itself utilized appropriated images printed as a hybrid of digital and lithograph layers.