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.


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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![...]


Back in Toronto

So renovations are almost done. We’re now into product development and finishing touches. Feels good. We’re just two weeks away from opening – for realsies this time! 

(Pictured below: Becky restoring the mural we discovered behind the wall.)

(Below: Daiquiri time!)

On another note: Last week we had a bunch of friends over to help us taste beers for the new menu. That was fun. Reminded me of why I do what I do – in art and in my bar practice. I love hosting. I love getting people together for activities and facilitating social interplay. We had a really good time discussing the beers and it was great to have people activate the space! And to boot we discovered some really great beers!

It reminds me of a series of beer-tastings I held a couple years back. I would choose a bunch of beers, research them, and invite people, privately or at social gatherings, to taste and discuss beers. But moreso, it was a great way to gather people together who otherwise wouldn’t interact and get them talking about taste memories and the like. The beer, and beer appreciation, is more than just tasting beer. It allows for conversations about memory and such things. It’s a facinating way to see how people think and talk about their life experiences. For instance, a certain flavour in the beer might remind one of a childhood memory, which may spark a particular memory for someone else in the group and on and on. It’s such a great way to get to know each other.

This week, Becky and I went on a special fieldtrip to San Francisco. We hit up a bunch of cafes, roasteries, bars and resaturants. It was really eye-opening. And now we’re back, inspired, and ready to rock! We learned so much and are so excited to incorporate our renewed energy and creative flare into our Grey Tiger mission!

 

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