Ryder is a Conceptual Artist and Creative Director at OKFocus. He sat down with us in his studio in Long Island City to chat about his digital and non-digital projects. 

1. Why did you choose the space you work in?

High ceilings. I don’t feel like an ant in Long Island City.

2. How long have you been here?

2 years 

3. What music are you currently listening to in the studio?

Ryderripps’s Soundcloud

4. Can you tell us what Internet Archaeology is, why you started it and what you hoped to achieve with it? 

Listen to New Zealand’s NPR podcast with Ryder 

5. How did dump.fm come about? 

I was on Tumblr a lot in 08/09 and realized that I wasn’t blogging in the traditional form. It was more like a conversation. After Internet Archaeology I saw the power the internet had to bring people together in amazing ways, and thought it would be interesting to build a platform around it. So I teamed up with Scott Ostler and Tim Baker and we made dump.fm.

6. Why is internet art important to you?

Because the internet has caused the biggest shift in humanity since electricity.  

7. Why do you think people resist internet art? 

Because they are stupid. 

8. In an interview a while back you were talking about the elements/icons that makeup a lot of the web pages we look at. You said, “These are forms that become an idea in a transparent sense. We only talk about the function.” What spurred this fascination with these often over-looked “forms”? 

Visual language that is accepted by millions of people inevitably becomes a huge element of the fabric of our society. Like the way sidewalks look in different cities. This man-made environment has replaced nature as many people engage more with Facebook than they do with a mountain.

9. Has there been a particular exhibit or something that has had an impact on the way you approach art?

I’m interested in how interfaces effect culture and promulgate certain aesthetics.  

10. You launched Post Hang this year, can you tell us about how this project came to be?

Dump.fm 2.0, I think the format of a chatroom is still relevant and is a useful way for like minded people to share ideas and images.

11. Recently, you have branched into art that is outside of the digital realm with your Adrianne Ho distortion paintings. Why did you choose her as a subject? 

There are many people (men and women, amateur and professional) who snap these self indulgent type modeling shots. I chose Ho because she has made a career of it. She offers what could be viewed as the quintessence of this style – her photos exaggerate all the questions of authenticity, ego, self, commercialism and sexuality that this Instastyle conjures up. 

12. What do the distortions represent?

Current state of masculinity, man vs. technology, carnage in the state of mawkishly sentimental images, humanity, art history.

13. Instagram has started to moderate/take down some of the images that you post of these Adrianne Ho paintings, how do you feel about this?

I don’t mind because its shit like this that makes platforms fleeting, inevitably Instagram will end and something else will take its place. The sooner that happens the better, I believe in evolution.

14. What other projects you’re working on?

Applying my skills to various projects for other people, some of whom I deeply respect and am honored to collaborate with.