Blowtorch by Ryan McCann

Blowtorch by Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann is not the most conventional artist. He has a background in sports as a former Quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and Cincinnati Bengals. When his career was cut short due to a shoulder injury he started lighting things on fire.

Often employing satirical text laid across the image, McCann challenges the complacent response to a heavily circulated image by violating its physical continuity(or how it first appeared without noticeable change to its composition).’What’s more, the act of burning wood becomes a constructive gesture. In adding layers of color to his images, McCann makes the experience of viewing the work similar to that of reading a graphic novel: colors convey emotional gradients and text becomes the accompaniment.

McCann uses his encounters with mass-produced imagery to enter a state of regression. The Earliest recorded histories of Egyptian and African cultures note the art of using fire as an artistic device. It is thought that early humans used charred remains of their fires, even their own dead, to fashion images. In the present, the tools of the artist become increasingly ephemeral, almost invisible with the proliferation of the internet and digital technology; often, the ‘hand’ of the artist is lost in computer keystrokes or buried under the weight of Conceptual proposals.

Ryan McCann has a background in sports as a former Quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and Cincinnati Bengals. When his career was cut short due to a shoulder injury he started lighting things on fire.

ARTWORK

Cristal Protest by Ryan McCann
Cristal Protest by Ryan McCann
Cristal Protest by Ryan McCann
2013
Tyson vs Tyson by Ryan McCann
Tyson vs Tyson by Ryan McCann
Tyson vs Tyson by Ryan McCann
2014
Bounce Pass by Ryan McCann
Bounce Pass by Ryan McCann
Bounce Pass by Ryan McCann
2013
Never a Brides Maid by Ryan McCann
Never a Brides Maid by Ryan McCann
Never a Brides Maid by Ryan McCann
2012
Betty White by Ryan McCann
Betty White by Ryan McCann
Betty White by Ryan McCann
2013
Ed Ruscha by Ryan McCann
Ed Ruscha by Ryan McCann
Ed Ruscha by Ryan McCann
2014
You Don't Get to Free the Slaves by Ryan McCann
You Don’t Get to Free the Slaves by Ryan McCann
You Don’t Get to Free the Slaves by Ryan McCann
2013
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General Lee (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
General Lee (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Fatty Valet (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Fatty Valet (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Ironic Woody (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Ironic Woody (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Coke Whore (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Coke Whore (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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That That (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
That That (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Tramps Like Us by Ryan McCann
Tramps Like Us by Ryan McCann
2014
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Richard Pryor (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Richard Pryor (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Today (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Today (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Butter Face (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Butter Face (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Facebook Trainwreck by Ryan McCann
Facebook Trainwreck by Ryan McCann
2014
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Eyes, I’s, Ice (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Eyes, I’s, Ice (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Everything is Beautiful by Ryan McCann
Everything is Beautiful by Ryan McCann
2014
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Mountain (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Mountain (Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Original Art Not Available by Ryan McCann
Original Art Not Available by Ryan McCann
2014
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Let Go ( Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
Let Go ( Blowtorch) by Ryan McCann
2014
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Born This Way by Ryan McCann
Born This Way by Ryan McCann
2014
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Melting Ice Cube by Ryan McCann
Melting Ice Cube by Ryan McCann
2014
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Bacon (Blowtorch Series) by Ryan McCann
Bacon (Blowtorch Series) by Ryan McCann
2014