Ryan Johnson

Watchman

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Watchman
Ryan Johnson
Watchman
2008
Casting tape, glass, plywood, cement, plastic, cardboard, spray paint, enamel paint, aluminium, keys, fabric, rubber
213.4 x 91.4 x 55.9 cm

Using fiction as a departure point into making, this series of Ryan Johnson’s work revolves around the literary archetype of the Watchman: the ever-lurking ghostly observer, lonesome figure of security and  surveillance. Occupying an uneasy space between dreamscape and the material world, Johnson’s figure is a haunting effigy, a character reduced to the tools of his trade. With cog-like guts formed from giant key rings and a distorted clock for a face, he’s more machine than man, wearied from unwavering routine, anchored to his post in a bucket of cement.


     
 


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