‘Ryan Goolsby took his photographer’s eye, through a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, and focused it on sculpture for his MFA over a decade later at Texas Christian University (2014).
In the group of sculptures that comprise his show “Totem,” Ryan Goolsby activates a special and particular way of seeing objects in the world. These spare and compelling sculptures are the result of a process of editing source objects. This begins with how they exist in reality, such that their removal from a social context. Subsequent aesthetic reconfiguration places them between what could be called a Kantian “use value” and an ontological “being in” the world. For Goolsby, within these poles resides the hope that as works of art the sculptures acquire a new purpose as “totems, tools of communication, and existential icons” and that “these objects can be interpreted as a form of societal language.”’
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