Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Making of Chris Ryniak & Amanda Spayd's 'Migration' Part 1: The Tools of the Trade

Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd's Migration is set to open at Stranger Factory in just under a month and to celebrate, we'll be dropping a bunch of posts compiling the incredible eye candy that these two have shared over the last couple of months. To kick things off, we start with the essentials: the tools!

Migration is an exhibition that's rooted in, well, uprooting. It's about moving on, starting a new journey and the triumphs and challenges that such a venture could entail. Some, like Ryniak's creatures, seem to adapt more easily, packing the necessities and tackling it with a dopey wholeheartedness. And then there's Spayd's little sack rabbits, who are utterly blindsided by the task ahead, tangled in whatever they stumble over while they anxiously scan their surroundings. Similar could be said about the artists, who both recently experienced major transitions. Aside from each other, the familiar comfort of the tools of their trade were and continue to be a fundamental source of their survival. Here, you'll find a collection of tools from both worlds: critter and creator, revealing not only what we have to look forward to, but how it all came to be. Enjoy!

Migration is a two-person collaborative exhibition featuring new works from Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd. The show opens March 1st through the 31st at Stranger Factory (109 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106). Opening reception will be held March 1st from 6pm to 9pm; both artists will be in attendance!