Ryan Ringer, Canada

Residency Period: 1 November 2014 - 31 October 2015


Bio

Ryan Ringer is a multidisciplinary performance artist who was the founding director of Methinks, a community-based production group, and Project 165, an artist-run gallery and studio space in Toronto. His work has been featured on CBC Radio and Television, Canadian Art Magazine, the Toronto Star, and other media outlets and has been exhibited throughout Canada and the US. Ryan resides in Toronto.

URL: ryanringer.com


On-hiatus Proposal Summary

After many years of running an art space (Project 165) while tirelessly directing various overlapping and back-to-back collaborative and independent projects, Ryan decided to break from the art game for a while to get his personal life together. While not wanting to be creating art per se, yet still desiring a creative outlet, Ryan decided to focus on becoming a more mindful bartender and drink-maker. During his hiatus, Ryan and his fiance will open a cafe-cocktail bar in Toronto called Grey Tiger. He will document the process of building and opening Grey Tiger, examining the creative aspects of this process and the connection between his art practice and hospitality career. Or, more to the point: he will examine the fine art of living as an artist on hiatus while taking a good look at where he's been, where he's at, and where he's going. He will paint a portrait of an individual finding his way back to art - or, rather, redefining his practice - by getting lost and finding himself through hard work and meditation.


Final Report


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recent comments

On Aug 31 2015, Kelly commented on Open Sesame: WOW! Looks so beautiful![...]

On Aug 29 2015, enrique commented on Open Sesame: gray tiger is a beautiful name! mucho éxito compañero !![...]

On Aug 25 2015, Matt commented on Open Sesame: For sure Ryan.[...]

On Aug 25 2015, shinobu commented on This Inspires That: This is interesting, isn't it? Being an artist first and foremost is the only way to be happy and k[...]

On Aug 25 2015, milena kosec commented on Open Sesame: I am hapy with you. Good luck![...]


Before I go to sleep:

We’re about a month away from opening, or so we think. We’ve pushed-back the opening date a few times already and are starting to feel pressure to get the doors open, but we only have so much control over the renovation process. We just have to stay the course and keep our eyes on the prize. We will open when we’re ready; and when we do, it’s gonna be amazing. For now, it’s one day at a time.

The space is really taking shape – it’s starting to look like a bar! – but there’s still so much work to accomplish before we tear the paper of the window and let the sun shine in. We’re nervous and exited; lost and found; up and down. It’s a daily exercise in learning not give a fuck.

While I love the process of building a space – it’s an incredibly satisfying project – I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the bar. It’s been too long. I miss hosting, taking care of people, working the room, mixing drinks – all that stuff. Most of all, I can’t wait to get behind my very own bar and run the show my way. I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time, and I’m more than ready to bring the magic!

The service industry has treated me well. It’s also brought me a lot of hell. I’ve had a lot of fun, but I’ve grown tired of trying to fit into visions I don’t fully believe in. I’m a team player, sure; I can play the part. But at the end of the day, I have to do my own thing. 

[To be continued.]

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enrique wrote on Feb 4:

almost there !
congratulations!