Plane Crash

96" x 48" Oil On Board

Brimming with dark humour, Plane Crash, quite literally depicts a plane nosediving from the sky. Influenced by Ryan’s previous work with film studies, the narrative is represented through a sequence of eight roughly square sections which are reminiscent of traditional filmstrips. In the top section a plane rides straight along towards the bottom of the square and slowly progress towards a height where its wing extends out of the picture plane. In opposition, the plane in the bottom section rapidly heads down until it has crashed and been replaced by darkness. The image has a great deal of visual symmetry, for aside from the mirroring of the top and bottom lines, the first frame is a white square containing three black dots and the last frame is a black square containing three white dots. While the painting depicts a rather violent subject, the cartoonish style and deadpan manner of approach adds an almost comedic layer to the work.


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