Ryan Carrington

Flag #15

36" x 68"

Painter's Pants, Suits, Collared Shirts

About The Artist

I grew up in a family that values labor, hard work, and creating with one’s hands. At the heart of all of my pieces lies a quiet homage to the modern-day craftsman and tradesman. My work bridges issues of labor, class, work ethic and economics with my personal and family history. Within my studio practice I delve deep into processes that parallel the monotony and tedium that laborers endure. Through my art, I shed light on a corner of our society with a rich history of craftsmanship, process, and precision. By nurturing a fresh fascination of tools and materials, I provoke consideration for how we value each other in our ever-changing community.

About The Artwork

Ryan Carrington’s work addresses the shift in public perspective towards the culturally defined roles of blue and white-collar workers in the United States. It bridges issues of labor, class, work ethic and economics with my personal and family history. Within his studio practice, Carrington delves deep into processes that parallel the monotony and tedium that laborers endure. By using construction materials directly off the shelf from Home Depot, pieces of uniforms that represent America’s workforce, and performing acts of labor while dressed as a CEO, Carrington invites a discussion about the ever-changing class struggle in the United States. His intent is to provide a conduit for empathy between our stratified society by inspiring dialogue across communities of people that represent the corners of our culture, history and socio-economic status.