Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Making of Chris Ryniak & Amanda Louise Spayd's 'Migration' Part 2: A Journey Through Illustration

In continuation of our coverage of Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd's Migration, we take a look at the two-dimensional goodness that they'll be bringing next month to Stranger Factory. As we touched upon last week, the show is centralized on the theme of exploration: it tells the tale of critters leaving the familiar comforts of home and taking a brave step into uncharted territories. Likewise, while the critters scramble over rocks and under fallen debris, they're also embarking on an intrapersonal journey, confronting their fears and insecurities, learning to believe in themselves and trusting their intuition. The test is as physical as it is emotional, and given the autobiographical nature of Migration, the artists are overcoming these obstacles right along with them.

For Chris and Amanda, the fruits of their journey show most prominently in their work. Compared to Late Season in Nov. 2011, their work has grown more confident, having elevated their sculpting skills in the last year with larger, more intricate creations -- just look at Monsters & Misfits II. And as we'll see with Migration, they're now tackling new mediums with an enthusiastic fearlessness that's nothing short of inspiring.

Chris Ryniak's daily scribbles have become something of a cult phenomenon in social media land. They're adorable and random, and often give us that much-needed pick-me-up before the start of the work day. They're usually drawn with graphite, but sometimes they take on new forms, like