Paul Ryan sketching Tom McDonough delivering his testimony during the first preview day of Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion, 2011, photo: Victor Nieuwenhuys
After having delivered the inaugural “testimony” together with artist Daniel Baker in the form of a lecture-performance entitled Mirror Mirror, artist and curator Paul Ryan remains in the Roma Pavilion for the entire duration of the Venice Biennale preview days, during which all live testimonies take place. In this capacity, he takes up the role of a sketch artist, registering the proceedings through a series of quick “studies” of the varied situations at hand. Not unlike a courtroom artist, he captures the happenings unfolding around him in the drawings, and installs them inside the exhibition one by one as they are completed.
Paul Ryan has generously stepped in for artist Ferdinant Koci, who is regrettably unable to travel to Venice to participate in the Roma Pavilion due to a family emergency.
PAUL RYAN (born 1968) is an artist and curator. He holds a PhD from the University of the Arts London, London, researching the hierarchies of making, collecting, and exhibiting. His practice revolves around the sketchbook, extending to collaboration, performance and installation. Recent curatorial work includes: What the Folk Say, Compton Verney, Warwick, 2011; and Manual Setting, Danielle Arnaud, London, 2011. Recent exhibitions include: Drawing: Interpretation/Translation, Hui Gallery, Chinese University, Hong Kong, 2011; and What Are Feelings For?, Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon College of Art, London, 2007. Ryan lives and works in London.