Ethan Garrett Bryant’s art intertwines stereotypical elements of masculinity with his interests in opening up conceptualizations of masculinity, to create a complex arrangement of identity. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bryant’s performances, sculptures, and videos reflect his upbringing and his personal conflicts within those cultural expectations. Named after a John Wayne character, Bryant is interested in exploring masculinity’s lineage within art history and challenging contemporary expectations of gender and masculinity both inside and outside of the art world. His practice has included using an axe on steel, “as if De Kooning were a lumberjack”, sewing “work-dresses” out of old Carhartt jeans, and titling his pieces after paraphrased quotes taken from toxic masculinity in popular culture.