Ryan Travis Christian

Ryan Travis Christian
Well, Here We Aren’t Again

February 22 – June 17, 2013

Museum premiere of newly commissioned works

Image: Ryan Travis Christian, We’re Coming To Poke You in the Eye, 2012

Image: Ryan Travis Christian, We’re Coming To Poke You in the Eye, 2012

CAM Raleigh presents a major exhibition of artworks by Ryan Travis Christian, titled Well, Here We Aren’t Again. For his first museum exhibition, Christian spent three weeks on site creating a large-scale wall drawing, sculptures and floor installation specifically for CAM Raleigh’s Independent Weekly Gallery. Christian is a Chicago-area artist who works primarily with graphite and ink. His images are constructed using abstract elements, comic utilities, and old fashion cartoon iconography.

Image: Ryan Travis Christian, Calisthenics, 2012


Press Coverage

Art Papers – May/June 2013

Beautiful Decay – March 14, 2013
Ryan Travis Christian’s Well, Here We Aren’t Again

Associated Press – February 22, 2013
In artist’s show, creation merges with destruction

Opening Preview Celebrations and Exhibition Related Public Programs

Third Fridays at CAM Raleigh
Friday, February 15, 2013
CAM Raleigh is open until 9 p.m. every third Friday. Visit with upcoming exhibiting artist Ryan Travis Christian in the Independent Gallery as he works on his site-specific installation.

High School Workshop with Ryan Travis Christian
Saturday, February 16, 2013
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Students will have the opportunity to learn new drawing styles from Ryan Travis Christian and create a collaborative piece to be displayed at the museum. Registration will open in December 2012. Contact Julia Rice for more information,

Artist Reception
Friday, February 22, 2013
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Regular museum admission. Free for Members.

Artist In-Gallery Talk
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Meet Ryan Travis Christian and join him for an informal gallery talk and tour of his exhibition. Tour is free with museum admission. Free for Members.

Reverse Metamorphosis
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
6:00–8:00 p.m.
You were mesmerized when the white tape in the Ryan Travis Christian exhibition went down on the floor. Now be there to take it up. Join us for a rare opportunity to be a part of an exhibition de-installation. Children 5 and up are welcome. No experience needed. Pizza from Trophy Brewing Company, local beverages and make your own Tape and Take sculpture or collage. Ryan Travis Christian has collaborated with musician Mike Dillon of Gross Ghost on a very special play list. To RSVP please email or 919 513 8099.

Ryan Travis Christian’s Well, Here We Aren’t Again, is organized by CAM Raleigh. It is curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, former executive director of CAM Raleigh and coordinated at CAM Raleigh by Kate Thompson Shafer, interim director and gallery and exhibitions manager. CAM Raleigh is collaboration between the Contemporary Art Foundation, the community and North Carolina State University’s (NC State) College of Design.

Well, Here We Aren’t Again is supported by the Contemporary Art Foundation. The Emerging Artist Series is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation from the Raleigh Arts Commission.

About the Emerging Artist Series
CAM Raleigh is the only museum in the region with a dedicated gallery for emerging artists and designers. Through exhibiting emerging artists whose work is still in progress and fresh from the studio, CAM Raleigh celebrates the diversity of artistic expression and places the artist at the center of the community. The museum supports early career contemporary artists in an atmosphere where they are encouraged to foster a cross-fertilization of ideas and dynamic interaction with visitors. Visitors from all walks of life will often have a chance to meet and exchange ideas with the artists celebrated in this series. CAM Raleigh’s Independent Weekly Gallery features the Emerging Artist Series.

Read an article about Ryan here by Jason Foumberg, Frieze, Issue 145, March 2012