Untitled Media Images (installation view), 2011. Copy paper and wheat paste. 70 x 100 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: R. Ladislas Derr.

Argyle, WI


Ash Kyrie, a veteran of the war in Iraq, addresses the gap between media depictions of military action and his own experience of the war. To prepare for his project Untitled Media Images, Kyrie spent two years collecting and categorizing photographs of the war from news publications such as The New York Times and USA Today. For each installation, he selects an image from his archive, blows it up to an approximate size of 70 x 100 inches, and pastes it to a wall. Prompting deeper audience engagement, the artist subsequently asks viewers to strip the appropriated and magnified photograph from the wall and allow the remnants to scatter on the floor. What remains on the wall is an image whose clarity is compromised—echoing the disconnect Kyrie experienced when comparing his reality to the original photograph. 


Ash Kyrie was raised in a blue-collar town in northern Wisconsin and joined the Army National Guard at the age of 18. Serving the standard six-year military contract, Ash was deployed to Iraq during the first rotation of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After returning from the war, he continued his studies in the University of Wisconsin–Madison arts program, graduating in 2007 with a BFA emphasizing sculpture and photography. Kyrie graduated from Ohio State University with an MFA in 2011, while minoring in Comparative Cultural Studies. With an emphasis on photography and installation, his work engages political and social contexts and our cultural understanding of conflict.

Photo: R. Ladislas Derr.

Behind the Scenes

Ash Kyrie discusses Untitled Media Images