Ryan Rasmussen

Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
(901) 843-3441

I make works that probe multifarious aspects of the built environment, centering on the rhetoric of cultural artifacts and popular products. My process manifests through many forms, including: sculpture, installation, kinetic and electronic works, objects, collaboration, design, 3-D printing and digital fabrication, video and things that have mass or do not. I am interested in how cultural artifacts simultaneously embody and emit desire through an expanding global vernacular. Today’s cultural forms embody a sort of composite whose morphology is an abstract, socially agreeable, representation of value occurring within a global forum. As a result these forms possess exceptional adaptability to social change and are capable of igniting cultural mutation as well as mirroring it. My role as an artist is to interpret these forces that are not only present in our world but are major players in crafting it.


2012 M.F.A. (Dimensional Practice) University of Iowa

2011 M.A. (Sculpture) University of Iowa

2008 B.F.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities