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A pop-up exhibition by Ryan Hawk
On Saturday, September 24th the Museum of Human Achievement will open Surface Topologies, a pop-up exhibition featuring new video and sound installation by artist Ryan Hawk. This exhibition marks the culmination of one-year of research from Hawk into the material history and physical properties of asphalt. Hawk’s fascination has led him to consider asphalt from its source -- in its natural, liquidized form -- to its expansive re-materializations and industrial applications.
Taking the form of high definition moving-images, Surface Topologies employs the materiality of asphalt through a consideration of its common applications — predominantly in the form of surfaces — and pushes at perceptual limits of space and orientation. The representations of asphalt in the work fluctuate from the familiar into the unknown and evoke a conflicting experience of proximity and distance. Surface Topologies aims to pressurize common metaphoric tropes regarding roads, such as those of directionality and discovery, to suggest a reorientation of power and the corporeal.
Ryan Hawk (b.1992) is a visual artist working across performance, video, installation and drawing. His projects, which are often site-specific, focus on themes of corporality and embodiment as they relate to the subject of materiality in digital representation. Hawk’s work has been exhibited in venues such as Grace Exhibition Space, Defibul8r, The Museum of Fine Arts in Nagoya Japan, Art League Houston, Jonathan Hopson Gallery, as well as many other galleries, artist-run spaces and performance festivals. Most recently, Hawk held a solo exhibition at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin, TX as part of the annual Umlauf Prize in addition to being the recipient of a Traveling Fellowship from the School of Museum of Fine Arts. Ryan Hawk holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is currently a MFA candidate in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin.