"Unspoken "

An Exhibition of Drawings by Joe Ryan



From Tuesday 26th February to Sunday 10th March 2013

Signal Arts Centre is proud to host an exhibition by Joe Ryan.  Joe graduated with distinction in MA Fine Art in printmaking from the University of East London and is currently undertaking a Doctoral Research in Fine Art there. He has had several solo exhibitions both in Ireland and the UK.

In this exhibition Joe Ryan produces a body of work which draws on the theoretical approaches of Michael Foucault and Jeremy Bentham. In Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975) Foucault introduces the concept of power as 'discipline' and maps the growth of a disciplinary society. He uses the model of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon to show the structure of power through an architectural design, which allows an observer to observe inmates of any institution without their knowledge of being watched.

Through these formidable prints Ryan has taken Erving Goffman's concept of the 'Total Institution' where entire groups of people are under bureaucratic control and stripped of their identity. Ryan's work is also influenced by the complex draughtsmanship of Piranesi (1720 - 1778), famous for his etchings of ancient ruins and imaginary reconstructions of Roman architecture.

Opening Reception: Sunday 3rd March 3pm 5pm