Blown away and buried: a project in 3 acts

Blown away and buried: a project in 3 acts act 1: searching (2/18 - 4/16) act 2: sea of sand (4/21 - 5/7) act 3: echo (5/13 - 6/28) February 18 - June 28, 2015 Waubonsee Community College Dickson Window Project Space Sugar Grove, IL PROJECT STATEMENT Blown away and buried: a project in 3 acts is an installation of selected works made over the last 9 years that is connected to Michael x. Ryan’s ongoing Hidden Crater project which is inspired by the work of scientists studying a hidden crater in the Chesapeake Bay. Remains of this crater, hidden beneath layers of sediment, was discovered when one curious scientist gathered information from companies and organizations that had been drilling in this area for many years. While gathering this and other data, scientists were able to create a map of the shape and depth of what this crater could look like. The map these scientists created has been the source of the sculptural forms that Ryan creates and photographs and collage together into a series of video animations. Intrigued by the fact that the discovery was more of a surprise then the result of a direct search, and fascinated that the shape of this Crater which is estimated to be 50 miles in diameter looks quite similar to the image of a fossil of a nautilus which is 5 inches in diameter, which was the subject of a series of work created by Ryan in the late 80’s.

Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)
Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
Still from 1 of 2 video's looping on stacked monitors
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 1
19 works from the Hidden Crater series installed in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
 
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 2
Steel rod grid imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 2
Steel rod grid imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 2
Steel rod grid imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 2
Steel rod grid imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 3
Wood reliefs (each 48" x 48" x 3") imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 3
Wood reliefs (each 48" x 48" x 3") imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 3
Wood reliefs (each 48" x 48" x 3") imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 3
Wood reliefs (each 48" x 48" x 3") imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
Blown away and buried: a project in three acts by Michael x. Ryan for Waubonsee Community College 
act 1: searching (2/18/15 - 4/16/15)
act 2: sea of sand (4/21/15 - 5/7/15)
act 3: echo (5/13/15 - 6/29/15)

Installation view of act 3
Wood reliefs (each 48" x 48" x 3") imbedded in sand in Window space with views from entrance to building and stairway
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