R Y A N S T A N D F E S T

STATEMENT
Attempting to comprehend the startling contradictions that abound in my post-truth environment, I am motivated to construct work reflecting an interest in structural collapse and the impossibility of certainty in the face of such contradiction. Perceiving the world as a series of absurd situations, I assemble narratives establishing an equally absurd causality. The meaning I manufacture is knowingly held in place by the flimsiest of scaffolds, serving as gags or little black jokes that acknowledge a more profound irrationality. My artistic philosophy relies on humor in confronting uncertainty, and reflects an enthusiasm for “lower” forms of “disposable” print ephemera such as comic books and comic strips, tabloid newspapers, postcards, catalogs, manuals and advertisements, because of their ability to function as a suitable device for investigating the absurd and the satirical. Through the use of text and image, I pursue the Absurd as a purposeful exercise in futility, in which meaning is assembled using procedure and ceremony, within a greater framework of indeterminacy.

BIOGRAPHY
Ryan Standfest is a Detroit artist and printmaker. He is the editor and publisher of ROTLAND PRESS, presenting satirical publications for the post-truth era. He is also a curator, assembling exhibitions that focus on humor and print in the visual arts. Standfest holds an MFA in Printmaking from The University of Iowa.