Bryan Ressler

Biography

Bryan Ressler is a Seattle-area new media artist. Inspired in 2004 by an early piece of electronic light art, he sought to create works that explored his love of technology while simultaneously incorporating analog and organic aspects. Initially drawn toward wearable works, his early art culminated in Anthrolume, a trench coat emblazoned with 1,000 animated LEDs. Anthrolume is currently on exhibit at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center alongside another of his pieces, Oberon.

Despite their inherent expression through modern technology, Bryan’s works are never about their medium. Instead they challenge the viewer to reexamine their relationship to the light, shadow, form, and motion that surrounds them. Although his radiant pieces immediately catch the eye, the works benefit from prolonged contemplation: they draw the viewer in, inspiring personal interpretation. Additionally, most of his pieces allow viewer interaction through touch-screen interfaces or other means. Bryan employs a wide breadth of sculptural forms, ranging from small tabletop and wall pieces to large-scale installations, some of which include generative techniques to continuously create unique animations. The resulting art pieces often defy explanation yet connect with viewers on an intimate level.

Artwork

Chromata, 2019

Acrylic, wood, steel, electronics.

Sertus, 2017

Wood, acrylic, electronics.

Sertus
Sertus, 2017.

Ripples, 2017

Acrylic, polyolefin, electronics.
Collaboration with Briar Bates, Dan Walker.

Ripples
Ripples, 2017. Collaboration with Briar Bates, Dan Walker. Image credit: Michael Brunk, nwlens.com.

Corset, 2017

Fabric, electronics.
Collaboration with Trang M. Vu.

Corset, 2017. Collaboration with Trang M. Vu. Image credit: Argent Rabbit Photography.

Oberon, 2017

Glass, wood, electronics.

Oberon
Oberon, 2017.

Sunflower of Symmetry, 2016

Aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic, river rock, electronics.

Sunflower of Symmetry
Sunflower of Symmetry, 2016.

Orbit, 2015

Plastics, wood, electronics.

Orbit
Orbit, 2015. Image credit: Trang M. Vu.

Anthrolume, 2014

Fabric, plastics, electronics.

Anthrolume, 2014.

Equator, 2013

Wood, plastics, acrylic, electronics.

Detail: Equator, 2013.

Art + technology speaking engagements

Art ScienceTalks, Portland OR, February 2019:
Chromata: When Algorithms Meet Art

Northeastern University, Seattle WA, March 2018:
Art to Product and the Internet of Things

Mokedo Gallery, Seattle WA, January 2017:
Light Work: The Anthrolume project – An Artistic and Technical
Perspective

University of Puget Sound, Seattle WA, November 2016:
Anthrolume and the Art of Burning Man

Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue WA, August 2015:
Anthrolume—An Experiment in Wearable Electronic Art

Shenzhen Shiji Lighting, Shenzhen, China, December 2014:
Anthrolume—Artistic Application of Computer Controlled LEDs

eBay, Inc., San Jose CA, April 2014:
Gearworks: Bryan Ressler and Wearable LED Art

The Tech Museum, San Jose CA, April 2014:
Open Make: Meet the Makers: Bryan Ressler and Anthrolume

Vermillion Gallery, Seattle WA, February 2012:
Oscillate: Artist Panel

Jigsaw Renaissance, Seattle WA, October 2012:
Anthrolume—A Wearable Animated LED Array

Exhibitions

Arts-a-Glow
Dottie Harper Park, Seattle WA, September 2019

Burning Man
Registred playa artwork
Black Rock Ciy NV, August 2019

Lusio
Volunteer Park, Seattle WA, August 2019

Lusio Lights
Volunteer Park Botanical Conservatory, Seattle WA, March 2018

Portland Winter Light Festival
Portland OR, February 2019

Pacific Science Center
Seattle WA, April 2018 – ongoing

SeaCompression
Georgetown, Seattle WA, October 2018

Lusio Lights
Volunteer Park Botanical Conservatory, Seattle WA, September 2018

Luminata
Green Lake, Seattle WA, September 2018

Arts-a-Glow
Dottie Harper Park, Burien WA, September 2018

Burning Man
Black Rock City NV, August 2018

Electric Sky
Skykomish WA, August 2018

Lusio
Volunteer Park, Seattle WA, August 2018

Lusio Lights Georgetown
Georgetown, Seattle WA, July 2018

SAM Nights
Seattle WA, December 2017

Lusio Light
Mokedo, Seattle WA, October 2017

Lusio
Volunteer Park, Seattle WA, August 2017

Numinous Series
Seattle Center, Seattle WA, July 2017

Electric Sky
Skykomish WA, June 2017

The Show of Gratitude
Seattle WA, May 2017

Luminous Garden
Skykomish WA, February 2017
Vermillion Gallery, Seattle WA, December 2016 – January 2017
Skykomish WA, July 2016

Sylvan Series – Eldritch
Volunteer Park Botanical Conservatory, Seattle WA, October 2016

Arts-a-Glow
Dottie Harper Park, Burien WA, September 2016

Lusio
Volunteer Park, Seattle WA, July 2016

First Night
Tacoma WA, December 2015

Seattle SeaFair Torchlight Parade
Seattle WA, July 2015

Oscillate
Vermillion Gallery, Seattle WA, December 2012-January 2013

Grants

City of Burien Grant, Ripples, September 2017

King County 4Culture Grant, Ripples, August 2017

King County 4Culture Grant, Sunflower of Symmetry, July 2016