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Afterthoughts opens at the Farmer Gallery on January 17, 2019

EXHIBITION: Afterthoughts

LOCATION: Farmer Gallery, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco,
110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

DATES: January 15 – March 29, 2019, No opening reception

Ryan Farley is pleased to present Afterthoughts, an exhibition of prints. The exhibit, organized by Lynn Curtis of the Farmer Gallery, will be open to the public on January 15 and continue through March 29, 2019.

Guided by his experiences and a multifaceted study of human connection, his artworks bring awareness to and explore manifestations of interpersonal connectivity and their implications in the greater human experience.

He states, “Afterthoughts is inspired by moments of locking eyes with others in passing, and the afterthoughts that follow. When I encounter these moments I briefly wonder about the other; what is their life like? Would we get along? Are they having the same interactional experience? Though it may come across as awkward, it’s an essential trait that has roots in many social species.

The prints in this suite give form to that invisible experience of thought and recollection, and convey the beauty of the imprint that the other can make on our minds. The surrounding cryptic script is the language of a conscious person. It serves as a visual for something internal that we don’t see and can’t always understand, but want to understand. Meaning sometimes feels just on the horizon, familiar even, but it's not always accessible. Similarly is our relation with other individuals. That act of wondering will always be present, and perhaps breaking through the barrier of thought can reveal something essential and liberating.”


Ryan Farley holds an MFA in Printmaking from the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Indiana University. He has previously been an Associate Instructor of printmaking and has served as the research, teaching, and printing assistant to the head of printmaking at Indiana University. His artworks exhibit both nationally and internationally, with his most recent work having shown in the exhibition Memory and Perception, curated by the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. He was recently given the honor to exhibit in the Premio Combat Prize 2018 Finalists Exhibition in Livorno, Italy. His prints are included in both national and international collections. Ryan holds current memberships with the California Society of Printmakers, Southern Graphics Council International, Mid-America Printmaking Council, and The Boston Printmakers.


Farmer Gallery, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco,
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105


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