The Lounge: Ryan Schude

by Heather on October 5, 2009

Have you seen this guy? He’s got colour! And lights! And ideas!

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

And inspiration! I’d call Ryan Schude a little bit Crewdson, with a dash of Wall and a maybe a hint of Cumming and a whole mess of commercial potential. Margaret Cho thought so:

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

Despite some commercial leanings, Ryan has been accepted into the coveted Flash Forward club, deemed by the Toronto-based Magenta Foundation to be one of the best emerging artists of 2009. From their website:

Flash Forward showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential.

This is a big deal and if you’re local and haven’t anything else in your iCal this Thursday, come check out a whole mess of potential at the Lennox Contemporary at the official Flash Forward 09 Book Launch.

Ryan’s contribution to the show:

© Ryan Schude

© Ryan Schude

I like Ryan’s work a lot, though, generally speaking, his commercial applications are not yet up to par with the rest of his book. But I love the scope of his ideas and execution- his blog shows some totally different, simpler work and that’s good too. I asked Ryan some questions:

Who are you- can you give me a little background on where you come from (photographically) and how long you’ve been around?

I am 30 and originally went to school for business and found photography in the meantime. I’ve been shooting for about 8 years now after a brief stint at the San Francisco Art Institute. After school I shot editorial for a few years and Photo Edited at a magazine in San Diego for a few years. When that was done I moved to LA and built a whole new book and have been pushing that for a few years.

Can you talk about your influences?

Well, I shoot what I am drawn to. If it looks like other people’s images than that’s that. I’m influenced by americana and film, the same as those whom I’m compared to. Of course I don’t want to repeat what’s been done before but at the same time I try not to let that sway my natural impulses.

Although I don’t like everything I see on this is a photo blog, I really support the idea. Basically the contributors take turns giving each other regular creative assignments which then get posted on the blog. Ryan is part of this community and I asked him about his participation.

this is a photo blog seems like an interesting experiment- can you talk about the importance of that project to you as an artist?

This is a photo blog is important to me because it gives me an outlet to make random work for the sake of making photos. It’s not to say I wouldn’t make photos regardless but it’s nice to step up to an assignment and have fun with it along with other kids whose work I respect and enjoy seeing the results of. I’ve submitted everything from snapshots to the biggest productions I can imagine, there is no compromise and that is a freedom that is hard to find elsewhere.

What has the reaction to your work been? Are you interested/pursuing commercial work?

The reaction to the work has been excellent. I am both interested and pursuing commercial work relative to how appropriate my style is to a specific job. There is a tricky line between the fine art aspect of my work and the commercial viability which is both up to the client and how I position myself in the market but at the end of the day it’s all voodoo. All I can do is keep making what I deem to be good and see where it ends up.

Yep.

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