Details:

The artist often uses ambiguous symbols like the seatbelt, which can simultaneously denote safety and catastrophe. This work highlights the psychological pathologies at both the individual and societal scale—exploring the interrelationships between eroticism and disaster capitalism.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Start to plan for the future

This painting depicts a figure buckling a seatbelt on an airplane. This work is part of the artist's series of disaster paintings that depict scenes from the 1972 plane crash of Uruguayan flight 571 in the Andes—and its survivors' subsequent cannibalism. The artist often uses ambiguous symbols like the seatbelt, which can simultaneously denote safety and catastrophe. This work highlights the psychological pathologies at both the individual and societal scale—exploring the interrelationships between eroticism and disaster capitalism.

Ryan Cullen's art practice layers diverse philosophical and psychological histories to examine the making of new images during periods of general systemic collapse. The artist's paintings offer brutal genealogies of the materialist mechanics of societal destruction. By creating concrete images for these ideologies and their histories, Cullen simultaneously builds and analyzes the iconological networks of hegemonic decline.

Specs:

23.6 inches
31.5 inches

③ Artist:

Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen's practice synthesizes philosophical and psychological histories. Cullen does this to examine how and why new images are made during historical moments when systems seem to be collapsing. The artist’s work explores the brutal genealogies of societal destruction, depicting ecstatic Protestant Puritans, vivisections of domestic furniture and prophetic mess fetishists. Cullen's work employs the painted image as a means to make visible both ideologies and their histories—simultaneously building and analyzing networks of images that explore hegemonic decline.

Ryan Cullen:
Start to plan for the future, 2022
Oil on linen
31.5 × 23.6 inches /