The Reader by Ryan James Terry
The male gaze is a prevalent view in artistic depictions through the ages, subtly or obviously depicting women as the object of male pleasure and desire. "the reader" series attempts to subvert this gaze and point out that the act of reading (and to another extent, thinking and philosophy) bypasses the intent of the male and in fact any gaze. The reader does not concern herself with the gaze of the other, as she is transported through the portal of book, binding, and page into other worlds entirely. The reader is on an intimate, personal journey of her own, expanding her mind, borders, worlds and thoughts. The act of reading and the art of the written word loosens the restraints and realities of her surroundings, fading to the corners, and transporting her to the wonders of thought, imagination and philosophy.
Ryan James Terry is a multimedia artist. His work intersects at the worlds of fine art, music, illustration and design. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Illustration.
Fighting against the instinct to be pigeonholed and safe in one easily definable category, he strives to play between the borders of fine art, illustration, and commercial design, allowing the concept behind each body of work to influence the style and medium, rather than impose preconceived expectations of what the artist has produced in the past. This allows the freedom to create, to experiment, to cross boundaries, and to feel the sense of play that is at the heart of all art.
Turner Park Branch offers artists from the community an opportunity to exhibit small intimate monthly shows in a dynamic public setting.