From the 13FOREST Gallery press release:
Fascination Street, Ryczek’s first solo exhibition, introduces a body of work that synthesizes his experience of visiting Seoul, South Korea in 2016. Here, Ryczek presents the experience of traveling to an unfamiliar country, being overwhelmed by new sights and sensations, and distilling coherent memories from it all.
The impetus behind Ryczek’s 10-day trip, his first outside the United States, was his partner’s participation in a gathering of Korean adoptees in Seoul, which included her. Prior to their trip, they had had little knowledge of Korean culture, which inspired them to immerse themselves in learning about her country of origin. In Seoul Ryczek and his partner created a visual record of a new culture and their impressions of it by photographing the city and its residents.