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product. Despite the change of major, Ryan remained enrolled in printmaking classes, and she grudgingly allowed him to continue using her studio for projects. Ryan's validation came with his final thesis show, titled And In This Corner. “There were four different rooms, and I picked the far left corner. I did a white-on-white, silkscreen kangaroo boxing a boxer. Then I did a shipping palette of screen printed boxes that read 'Job 263.' They looked very much like Warhol's Brillo Boxes—shrink-wrapped and all lit up,” Ryan says. On opening night, his friend dressed in a UPS outfit and carried a clipboard. Each box was numbered with a matching card that Ryan handed out to those in attendance. Everyone exchanged their cards for their respective box, and inside they found a handmade, letterpress booklet; a poster; and a t-shirt. “Each box was my portfolio,” Ryan explains. As people started to open their

"GRAPHIC DESIGN IS ABOUT MAKING ART AND MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE AS A PRODUCT."

boxes, others packed the room to see what the commotion was all about. It became clear that And In This Corner had won the boxing match with the other printmaking shows, successfully pulling everyone into his gallery. Baffled by his ingenious idea, I ask Ryan to explain his concept. “Graphic design is about making art and making it accessible as a product—producing that product, shipping that product, getting it in the hands of the people, and moving on to the next one. That's why it was ‘Job 263.’ Tomorrow I'm going to be working on ‘Job 264.’” In a quest to prove his artistic vision to the naysayers, Ryan discov-

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