RYAN PIERCE Ryan Pierce (Ucross, 2013) makes paintings and texts, and facilitates journeys inspired by the resilience of human and nonhuman communities in the face of climate change. Recent exhibitions of his work include Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Schneider Museum of Art, Ash- land, OR; 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM; and Babel Gallery, Trondheim, Norway. Pierce is the co-founder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that provides wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines on the public lands of the American West. Pierce is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR. He received an MFA from California College of the Arts, and a BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft. www.ryanpierce.net “I now expect lunch to be left at my door every day… Looking at the progression of my paintings, I think the sunlight and rolling open space of Wyoming made me relax and make looser, more expressive work. Because my work often addresses the gulf between the real and mythical West, I appreciate exploring its lonelier corners. The ghost town of Ulm must rank among the loneliest. I was surprised to experience a blizzard in October.” Above: Big Timber, MT, 2014, Flashe paint on digital photograph, 4” x 6” postcard Right: Mountain with Cold Teeth, 2013, Flashe, ink and spray paint on canvas over panel, 46” x 34.5” Far right: Cruel Apparition of Freedom (Angola), 2013, Flashe and spray paint on canvas over panel, 46” x 34.5”