Ryan Jeffrey (1978) lives and works in Portland OR & New York. He has been creating short films for installations and music videos since 2001. Working from a background in drawing, photography and sculpture, his films tend to operate in the tradition of cinematic poetry. His filmic language focuses on the interaction between sound and image, creating works that play with the fascination of myth, fairy tails and folklore. A represented artist at PDX Contemporary gallery, Ryan's film work has been screened among such festivals as the Festival Nouveau Cinema (Montreal, Canada) International Short Film Festival (Leuven, Belgium) The Athens Video Art Festival (Athens Greece) the Bumbershoot festival (Seattle, WA) and TBA festival (Portland, OR),
Fallen and Rise borrow their imagery from classical religion, mythology, and folklore such as the Tree of Life and Sleeping Beauty, these two films work together as chapters recounting the creation of humankind in a fantastical manner. The first chapter Fallen, depicts an Eve-like character's introduction to technology and the divine consequences of this meeting. The second chapter, Rise, resumes many years later, long after the female character's first meeting with technology. Here she has transformed from her original Eve-like state of naked innocence into a clothed mysterious being. In place of her original naivety our character now holds a cryptic knowledge of the natural world often feared and marked as witchcraft. As a result of this transformation the two characters of machine and human have switched their roles of protagonist and antagonist.
In both chapters the meeting of the two characters results in a dramatic shift in the environment. The cause and ramifications of these events remains ambiguous. By writing the story of how we have come to be, the authors of history have created stories and myth that reflect their morals, values and ultimately their objectives. My intention has been to portray a creation story that is aware of its fictional origin in an attempt to better understand the subjective nature of the authoring of history as it is contradicted, fought over, and continuously reshaped.
Music Ethan Rose / Cinematogaphy Matthew Barbee / Machine Fabrication Kari Merkled
PDX Contemporary Gallery