Sunday, May 1, 2011

They're Baaack...

By popular demand, Arcanifacts has returned!

Beginning May 4th and running through to June 2nd, the River Edge Public Library is once again hosting an exhibition of the arcane and the phantasmagorical—

Twenty-two all new pieces will be on display—from Snow White’s poisoned apple core to a chunk of Narnia’s White Witch’s frozen heart; from Miss Muffet’s spidery cereal spoon to chips of Humpty Dumpty’s shattered shell; from briny crocodile tears to Dorian Gray’s last teardrop, from fallen angel feathers to harpy claws, and so much more. Each a bit of unreality preserved and submitted for your consideration.

The River Edge Public Library is located at 685 Elm Avenue, River Edge, NJ.

So, stop by if you dare…

…they’re waiting…

Read an article on the exhibition below:


Thursday, May 5, 2011
Town News

Just six months after his first exhibit at the River Edge Public Library, artist Scot Ryersson is back at the library with 22 new pieces. The River Edge resident will be displaying his work from May 4 through the end of the month.

The pieces are part of Ryersson’s "Arcanifacts" collection, a project he began in 2007. Each piece on display is an assemblage of found objects and pictures inspired by short stories, novels and folklore.

Ryersson said he coined the term by combining the Latin words arcanus (secret) and factum (thing made) to describe an artifact containing both mystery and truth.

Among the pieces currently on display are works inspired by "Mother Goose" nursery rhymes, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," by Oscar Wilde and John Milton’s epic poem, "Paradise Lost."

Like the first Arcanifacts exhibit, a bibliography will be provided to visitors so they may read the original works that inspired the pieces.

Ryersson said he was pleasantly surprised by the first exhibit’s reception and is excited to once again display his work in what he called a "summer sequel."

"The library had contacted me and said the first exhibit was popular and had garnered a lot of attention," he said. "I guess after no one showed up with pitchforks and torches after the first time they were ready to have me back."

Before creating Arcanifacts, Ryersson designed movie posters for about 15 years, including ones for "The Silence of the Lambs," "Ghost," and "The Hunt for Red October." His work on "Evil Under the Sun" and "Another Country" each garnered him an Art Directors of London Award.

In 1999, Ryersson co-authored a biography of the Marchesa Casati, an eccentric Italian celebrity in the early 20th century, with Michael Orlando Yaccarino. The book, "Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati," has been adapted into a play and the fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano have each based collections on Casati. Most recently, an illustrated version of the biography was released by the art book publisher Abrams.

To learn more about Ryersson and his work, visit He accepts private commissions and can be contacted via e-mail at