As we prepare a larger look at Ryan Travis Christian's work in the print magazine, the Chicago-based artist just opened a new solo exhibition, The Second Banana, at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. We think of Christian's work as a psychedelic trip animated by an artist in the 1930s. It just has that vintage feel to it. Maybe that is why we like it so much.
The artist?s third show with the gallery, Ryan continues his development of surreal narratives through his work. Emily Lakin, Membership Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, met Ryan last fall- “I still have a fuzzy image of him in my head; He was a flurry of wildly gesticulating hands, brown curls and bright eyes… [His art presents] swaths of erased sections and hard-edged cartoon panels, his dreamlike and psychedelic moments are both entertaining and darkly representational of the inner workings of his brain. Wiped-away shading and darkly colored sections seem to intentionally keep us from digging too deep into the personal. As a testament to his craft, between the grayscale, Ryan retains control of both the medium and the concept.”
All photography by Berlin Thomas
RTC, hiding in the shadows:
Ryan Travis Christian
The Second Banana