Thomas, West Virginia
Studio view from aTE member John Ryan Brubaker @jrbrubaker In Thomas, West Virginia.
Brubaker has for the past 7 years, split his time between Thomas, West Virginia US and Brussels, Belgium. Thomas, an ex-coal mining town of approximately 500 people informs much of his recent practice.
As a photographer he is interested in space and movement, especially across political and geographical boundaries. A recent collaborative piece of work involved rocks from the mountains in Morrocco being transplanted to West Virginia in exchange for the recitation of a text into a canyon.
John Ryan says: ‘In particular, I am interested in the visual effects of the urban environment in which most of the planet lives. This includes architecture and public space, as well as passageways and transit lines, advertising, public art, cultural remnants and the emerging visual landscape of digital culture.
My work is often based on explorations of unknown spaces, and the aimless wander has become an increasingly important part of my practice. The experience of being off the map or otherwise guided by one’s immediate environment itself, has been essential in my most recent projects.
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