RYAN O’BYRNE – The Mentor Project
February 23 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00 - $20.00
The Mentor Project dramatizes an approach to the impossible: imagining the potential of a relationship between performer Ryan O’Byrne and theatrical visionary Reza Abdoh, who died of AIDS in 1995. Developed through energy work, quasi-séance and an absorption of Reza’s performances and concurrent material, The Mentor Project underscores the enduring absence of artists who died of AIDS while also encouraging the possibilities of their influence on a new generation of Queer artists.
O’Byrne says: “This is neither an attempt to re-perform Reza’s work, nor is it meant to serve as a current reimagining of it. The project provides the framework for an invitation to allow the idea of Reza’s work, energy and influence to penetrate both my artistic practice and personal experience. This context inspires a potentially unconscious fulfillment of the imaginary relationship and I have done my best to allow for a sense of genuine communication between myself and Reza as well as my own desires and challenges as an artist.”
Ryan O’Byrne is an artist working through the potentialities of a broad range of mediums from sculpture to drawing to video and performance. Ryan has shown work in California at DAC Gallery in LA, Redcat, The Starline Ballroom in Oakland, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and in New York at The Governor’s Island Art Fair, MoMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Judson Memorial Church, White Columns, Dixon Place, Danspace, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and with AUNTS. Ryan is also a founding member of The Queer Crowd in San Luis Obispo (@thequeercrowdslo), an organization dedicated to fighting for and empowering local minority communities while encouraging a more confident, consistent and engaged Queer Presence on the Central Coast of California. Juilliard, BFA Drama Division.