Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 centimeters)
Edition of 25
© Joey Ryken, 2020.
Joey Ryken is an artist, researcher, and educator based in London, UK. Their art practice and academic research explore experimental approaches to occult magic and hallucinatory experience, using drawing, sound, moving image, text, and absurdist performance. Prevailing research themes include drawing as a process of magical invocation; audiovisual media as hallucinatory witness; and performance as abstracted magic ritual, exploring entrancement within music sub/cultures and intercultural subjectivities.
Ryken has recently completed a PhD in Art Research at Kingston School of Art, titled Bodies of Pure Intensity: Drawing as Magical Apparatus. This project, in five parts, presents small, discrete drawings as potential staging spaces for magical acts, locating parallels and sympathies with the magically imbued drawings of insurgent surrealists Antonin Artaud, Unica Zürn, and Austin Osman Spare.
Ryken performs as guitar-noise avatar Me/Mi MôMo Mu, and is a collaborator in the speculative Diaspora-Boricua art collective De Nada Unidos. They have exhibited, performed and produced stagings and events in idiosyncratic locations throughout the US and in the UK, as well as at major arts institutions in the UK, including ArtSway, Camden Arts Centre, Gasworks, Goldsmiths, ICA, Somerset House, and Stanley Picker Gallery.