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Just moved to Cincinnati to teach art, can't believe they pay me for this.

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Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States

I run the Art Foundations program here at DAAP in the University of Cincinnati

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Check out my new website and my tumblr located on the front page.

I guess I still need to be updating this thing... or post enough onto tumblr that people start to follow me there.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


one of the cutout works from the show at Pterodactyl

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Library Mural

Just finished the work on a new mural for the DAAP University of Cincinnati Library. It is back in the office of the new director... She is more than willing to let you walk in and see it, although it can be seen (with a bit of wall in the way) from the computer lab.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Our Giant Toy Project

Here are a few images from the DAAP University of Cincinnati Art Foundations Project where the groups of students had to rebuild toys out of cardboard.

I feel so bad because I didn't get any photos of these projects... Thank heaven for the internet. Seems like a bunch of people on Flickr really enjoyed the project. Can't wait to see what happens next year.

Student work from my Photo Workshop

Thought people might like to see these... and see some of my assignments from Digital photo workshop I do every spring for 2 weeks.

Abstract film without actors (SPLIT SCREEN)
For this film there are no actors, only images, the screen is split and movement happens, details are shown, we read into it a loose narrative of a place, of a time, of color, form, relationships. You will make a diptych, meaning two photographs butted against each other to form a new relationship both in content and composition. Something should inspire you; perhaps it is the metallic gray of a sky with the close-up of a shovel. Or the circle of a tire covered in mud and the dust on the cover of an antique watch.

What moment in the interview are you documenting, what was said, why, what are the emotions, where does it take place, what is the drama. What objects are with the person? Are you showing both people, just one, why?

One-Minute Sculptures/ Hunting for Gabriel Orozco
This is a moment in the film where something odd is happening, a woman’s hands are on a man’s body with five pencils balanced and pressed against his chest, the light outside is fading, there is activity in the world around this, but we are wondering what is happening? Make your own one-minute sculpture, or build your own moment like Orozco that has reshaped the world.

Staged performance/ Tableau photograph
This movie has been extremely visually powerful but it has a complex and difficult fantastic narrative. This movie requires you to take a leap of faith. There is a man standing in front of the open refrigerator at midnight, the lights are out in the room, there is a pool of milk on the floor and for some reason a tent with children in the kitchen reading by flashlight. Make your own scene, which speaks in the language of fairytale, modern myth, or alternative reality.

The scene after the incident
Everyone is tired, and wrapped in blankets, the car door is open and a girl is pacing on the phone, she is screaming for an ambulance, the headlights point at an old man who looks lost standing in his bathrobe. He is looking at something we cannot see but know he is upset. In this project something has happened that will forever change them. Give us clues.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

studio days

I just put in two hours at the studio... kindof happy about this one.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

images from herron..

I'm just putting this up in any order, and will edit soon.

Monday, June 29, 2009


Exhibition: 3X3
June 30 – August 8, 2009
Eleanor Prest Reese and Robert B. Berkshire Galleries
OPENING: June 30, 2009; 5:30-7:30pm
Meet the Artists & Curators: July 16, 2009; 12:00-2:00pm

3X3 is a unique exhibition experience: three regional curators were invited to select one artist from their city. Treated as three solo shows within the galleries, all three artists have constructed site-specific installations filling the 3,600 square foot space.

From Cincinnati, Maiza Hixson, assistant curator of the Contemporary Art Center has selected Ryan Mulligan.

From Maiza's essay in the catalogue:
RYAN MULLIGAN: Making Self-Help Easy
Inspired by his life as a teacher, TV junky and self-appointed product engineer, Mulligan combines education, entertainment and invention in drawings, sculpture and performances designed as “objective” solutions to real and imagined problems. The artist draws inspiration from personal sources of anxiety over something as irrational as monsters under the bed to the legitimate horror of discovering his father’s penis pump. His art-as-solution straddles the line between parody and sincerity. . . It is an idiosyncratic universe where the goal is not to sell us anything but to query the relationship between art and the prospect of a better life—maybe even the good one. . . Mulligan mines the best and worst memories of his life in drawings, paintings, sculpture, and installation that resonate as sketch comedy culled from a personal hell. They are as funny as they are sad. . . The pastel palette and cartoon-like use of line, reduce the severity of his subjects, casting them in a playful, even apologetic light. It is as if in order to help his life, Mulligan cannot take art too seriously.

Herron Galleries
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