Artist StatementMy paintings are relics that reflect reality. Through paint, I am exploring space as a phenomenological experience in that the subject matter is assembled through firsthand exploration. I paint abandoned spaces that resonate with me. Some paintings are made perceptually, and others from photographs. However, my main focus is finding a means to visually transmit the dominant psychological feeling of a person or place. I am attracted to spaces that possess a residue of occupation, the visceral sensation of a human presence. These structures provide a framework through which I am able to have a conversation about decay, neglect, and what it means to be forgotten.
Originally from Rochester, NY, Ryan M Schroeder received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2015, and BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 2009. He was recently interviewed by Tasha Mathew, in the magazine, Or Does It Explode: Ryan Schroeder: a Conversation About Decay, Neglect, and What It Means to Be Forgotten, 2016. Schroeder has undertaken residencies and exhibited work in China, Europe, and across the United States. The Chenango Arts Council Gallery, Norwich, NY will be exhibiting his work, October 2017. He is also exhibiting at Labs Gallery, Bologna, Italy this summer. In 2014, he was awarded a generous grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Schroeder is currently the Guest Artist at Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Germany (August-October, 2016).