My first impression of Ryan Perce’s work was that it looked a lot like a cartoon, albeit with a more vivid detail for things not normally focused on in cartoons. The theme that binds them all together is the world beyond human existence, as nature begins to reclaim the earth — a time that Pierce warns could be much sooner than we think. Much of his works show dilapidated ruins of the human civilization, while some works like Golden Rooster convey a feeling of hope through the bright, warm colors even while rubble covers the background. The way that natural images are shown in conjunction with everyday junk brings to attention the very unusual nature of our current life, being very reminiscent of the movie Koyaanisqatsi, while at the same time, accentuating their unnoticed beauty.

One thing that particularly struck me, though, was his style. The shapes and colors are very clear and this combination creates a surreal yet titillating feeling – as if the imagery is real yet at the very other end of the spectrum of real at the same time. There are definitely some aspects I would like to emulate, like the stenciling that allows for such clean shapes and colors to be isolated into its own plane, or pasted above and interlaced with others. I really can’t describe the effect this exhibit had on me, evoking the neatness and power of stained glass while depicting a scene of a ‘lack of order’ from a humanist point of view.

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