“Ryan Brewer provides amalgamations that address slippages of object function while questioning issues including labor, class, commodification, and time. Viewers of these works are asked to pause and consider craftsmanship in a comprehensive way, ingesting investigations of passive and active labor along with notions of commodity and market. Brewer’s installation […] is as equally impossible to grasp with a cursory glance as it is to consider placing in one’s living room; the need for the viewer to return multiple times to complete an object experience that is engineered to react to both itself and its environment contradicts the paradigm of the autonomous art object, its amorphous nature pointing to other issues (such as gender) where classification begins to fail.”
-Rhiannon Aarons, excerpt from Liminal Subjects, Queer Objects: Questioning as a Statement, 2018
Ryan Brewer is an interdisciplinary artist who works across multiple fields including sculpture, performance, multimedia, writing, and social practice. Brewer’s work employs media fluidly in an effort to question social realities and interrogate intersections of power (say, capital and education, or, masculinity and trauma, for example) through evolving expressions of queer identities other modes of being, albeit cyborgian or shamanic. With these goals and intentions established, Brewer proposes alternate queer realities using ancient and contemporary mythology alike, often interwoven to the edge of unravel.
Brewer’s work is formalized through dynamic, time-based sculptures that evolve and react to themselves and their environments, theatrical installations with coinciding performance events, interpersonally-focused rituals (social sculpture and/or spellcraft), and ongoing research projects that materialize as publications reflective of the work’s inner workings and creative processes. A successful end goal is one of disruption, reflection, healing, and joy.
Brewer lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.