Project 5: September 10
The Escalator to Nowhere, 2011
Recalling the visual vocabulary established in large part by various moments of architecture from the past 20 years, shopping malls and business plazas, escalators at best present a passive and yet periphery experience between upper and lower levels. Realizing the contention between the literal and suggested, The Escalator to Nowhere is comprised of two precisely identical and symmetrical monolithic forms that rest wedged between the wall and floor by gravity alone. Its presence is announced by its lack of movement. There is no up or down, only sameness on both ends; two static objects unsure of their surroundings.
Ryan Perez (b. 1982, Oceanside, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with photography and sculpture. His work has been recently exhibited at The Sweeney Gallery, Riverside, Ca; Control Room, Los Angeles, Yautepec Gallery in Mexico City and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.