Our burgeoning dependance on machine created perfection and instant digital communication is the starting point for Wayne Edson Bryan’s evocative compositions that explore our complex relationship with human fallibility and the arcane.
Favoring common office supplies over traditional fine arts materials, Bryan uses cut and pasted copier paper, ball point pens and self-adhesive vinyl letters to construct horror vacui collages reminiscent of the electronic glitch and signal loss static we occasionally experience, inadvertently create and wish to evolve beyond. The black and white images sourced from the internet that he painstakingly trims into strips and glues into patterns are created by or associated with computers as well as nano-technology, satellite imaging, physics, chemistry and molecular biology. By rendering depictions of technological error by hand, their human origin and attributes are amplified and become more endearing. Another result of Bryan’s manual manipulation is that the present day time frame visually communicated by the high-tech source material reverts to the appearance of being rooted in a steampunk-like past.
Just as meaning is implied by the use of letters and symbols but denied by their random arrangement, Bryan denies public access to his original physical artwork. Instead, the handmade works are exhibited exclusively in digital form on the internet. For the artist, the ascendence of the imitations of things, of our easy forgiveness of desirable data being dispensed through globalization’s filters means we’re indifferent to being denied the real. The only way one can physically experience Bryan’s works on this site by purchasing a print from Society6.
By transforming virtual information with the realness of the hand’s lack of precision and a metaphorical glitch-like error and then returning it to its native form, Bryan examines the boundary between realness and electronic distortion.