Artist

Ryan Stander

Nationality

American

Title of Work

Untitled

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Medium

Lithograph

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Displayed

Location

Gorecki Alumni Center

Artist Bio

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.

Additional Information

Artist Statement:

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.

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