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Start’em Young!

Some of my designer friends are starting to have offspring so I made them some letterpressed one-sies!

If you are not a mac user you may not get these. Regardless, you may find them silly.

I made plenty of extras as well. Look for them in the shoppe soon.

New Album from The Bees? Yes, Please!

Last night I got my hands on the new album from The Bees,”Every Step Is A Yes”… and it’s wonderful as I expected. They never let me down. You should give them a chance to do the same for you.

The Bees (known in the United States as A Band of Bees) are an English band from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. Although their sound is generally classified as indie rock or psychedelic rock, the band have a colourful range of styles and influences, such as 1960s garage rock, country, reggae and jazz. (Via Wikipedia)

Check their site for a free download of the track ‘Silver Line”. It’s a mellow, breezy , slow-burner that will goes down just as well with a sunrise as it does a sunset.

And… here’s the video for their new single, “I Really Need Love”. (I’m diggin’ the graphics.) Enjoy!

NEW! CDR Tees

My friends at PalmerCash have made some new CDR Tees available for Men, Women, Kids… and even Babies.

Check them out HERE… if you are into that sort of thing!

STOP! THIEF! Seriously?

Those of you who read this blog know that I had this piece in the RE:FORM SCHOOL show that ran this last weekend in NYC. I finally made it out to see the show yesterday and was super excited to comb through all of the work spread over three floors of an actual schoolhouse in Nolita. After walking through each floor a couple of times I began to become concerned that I could not find my piece… SO, I decided to ask.

“I’m looking for the work by Christopher Ryan,” I said to a women at the desk.

“What does it look like?” She said.

“It says Give A Fu…” I began but before I could finish she chimed in.

“That piece was stolen.”

“STOLEN???” I questioned before announcing, “I’m Christopher Ryan. That was my work!”

She grabbed my arm and told me how much they loved the work and that it was stolen on Saturday. I was dumbfounded. I didn’t know what to say. Stolen? An 18×24 inch framed print was taken off the wall, carried down the stairs and out the door. How does this happen? Who is that bold? Should I be flattered or pissed? There were hundreds of pieces in the show… some by big artists. Why chose mine?

Ultimately, I think that I’m pissed. (I’m not pissed at the event organizers. They evidently had ten thousand visitors on Saturday and only one piece was stolen. That’s pretty good I guess.) I am pissed at whoever felt the need to steal the print… from a show about school reform. Not sure what this says about the person… but it sure is ironic. Furthermore, I’m pissed that my piece was absent for two and a half days of a show that only ran for four. Is this karma getting back at me for something?

I wonder… did the thief take it because the liked it or because they were offended by it? I guess I’ll never know.

I suppose on some level they gave a f**k…? Unfortunately, their reaction was not exactly what had in mind.

School Reform NOW

As promised, here is my poster for the RE:FORM SCHOOL exhibition running this weekend in NYC.

Normally, I shy away from expletives in my work… not because I worry about offending… but rather because they rarely seem appropriate, necessary or meaningful to any of the messages I may be trying to convey. This case however, is different.

Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend and my response to one of our topics was “I don’t give a f**k!”  As soon as those words came out of my mouth I began to think how I never hear anyone say the opposite… “I give a f**k!”. I wondered what would happen if we took that statement back and made it positive. Should I make a poster?  A call to action for humanity to “Give a f**k!” About what though? Anything they choose? That’s one way of looking at it. I pondered it for a while and the idea just never fully formed. Until… I got the email asking if I would take part in RE:FORM SCHOOL and then all of a sudden there was a purpose for my idea. The rest is history I suppose.

I feel I need not explain any further… except to say that I school reform is something we should all “GIVE A F**K!” about.

RE:FORM SCHOOL

I am very excited to be a part of the RE:FORM SCHOOL Exhibition this weekend in NYC. Not only is the show commenting on a profound issue, our ailing school system, but it also has brought together an amazing group of artists to share their views on the subject.

Find out more about the show: reformschool.letsredu.com

See my artist page here: reformschool.letsredu.com/2010/10/cd-ryan

Check back tomorrow for a look at the poster I created for the show. WARNING: There is a four-letter word involved!

Please Excuse the Dust

Hello…

You may notice that the blog looks a little off today.  Well, you are right.

I have had to re-install WordPress do some them updates after I fell victim to some hackers this last week.  I needed to start fresh in order to get rid of the malicious code.

So… please excuse the blandness while I get the blog all prettied up again.

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