Simon Ryder is concerned with how material and process influence our current thinking about the natural world. Employing a wide range of disparate processes and media, including drawing, installation, sculpture, video and new media he uses research methodologies indigenous for each new artwork or commission. His work is characterised by the use of technologies that go beyond the visible.
Recent commissions and exhibitions include Passage (2014) and A Space for Bitten (2014). Passage was a major installation for the b-side Festival, throughout The Verne Citadel, a fortress, a prison and at the time becoming an Immigration Removal Centre. Focusing upon The Verne’s past and current relationship with ‘freedom of movement’ Ryder presented video, sculpture, installation, animation and sound in the passages, stairs and underground encasements over three floors. Seen by more than 3,000 people over ten days, Passage gained both local and regional recognition for its treatment of such a complex site.
For A Space for the Bitten Ryder considered historical events, environmental data and future migration to explore the subtle consequences of climate change in the Cotswold landscape. Situated in an abandoned chancel, A Space for the Bitter incorporated 3D-printed bronzes, animation, photography and performed poetry. Also in 2014, Simon's Quartet, laser engraved glass, was included in the exhibition Unravelled Uppark, Uppark House and Garden, Hampshire, curated by Polly Harknett, Caitlin Heffernan and Matt Smith.
Simon has recently completed the inaugural residency in the Observatory, a mobile artist research studio. The work from this, based around the material chalk, will be featured in the 10 Days 2015 Chalk arts biennial in Winchester. After a short career as a zoologist, Simon Ryder trained at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art. He is a founder member of artNucleus and co-curator of Mezz.