Ryan Danny Owen is a visual artist, curator, and writer based in Calgary Alberta, He received his BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design.
His work responds to questions of queer identity, loss, desire, and emotion through the use of performance and various media, including music, found photographs, text, and collected pornography. His practice acts as a critical examination of the body existing in the context of queer genealogy and a challenging of the idea of coming after as it pertains the AIDS crisis, intergenerational queer history, and the biography.
His ongoing curatorial project, Mirrors and Windows, examines the role of queer genealogy in the forming identity as well as a challenge of the idea of coming after as it reflects the AIDS crisis and intergenerational queer history. Mirrors and Windows is a document of collected images of men from the early 1950s to late 1980s collected from various sources such as vintage markets, thrift stores, or online actions, it is an act of cruising through a queer time and enacts a radical potential to deny the end of a timeline and curve it into a circle.