18 Wooster Street
Ryan McGinness Works., was an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Ryan McGinness. Like all of McGinness’s exhibitions at Deitch Projects, this show was not just a display of new work but also an experiential installation. Gallery visitors entered the world of Ryan McGinness.
McGinness merged several of the most important directions in contemporary painting. His work combined all-over composition, inspired by Jackson Pollock and the mechanical silkscreen process inspired by Andy Warhol. The work also fused naturalistic and contemporary pop culture references. His imagery derived from a broad range of sources: from dreams and hallucinations to song lyrics and fragments of art history. There was a push and pull between content and form, and between literal meaning and intuitive feeling. McGinness’s paintings represented his own mental landscape. His compositions reflected the infinite, ever-flowing continuum of the universe.
McGinness begins his working process with hand-drawn sketches. These sketches are scanned and then used as templates for precise vector drawings created as digital files. He then makes silkscreens of the resulting icons. His iconic images are then hand-screened onto the canvas, one at a time. His compositions are built up layer-by-layer and grown the way one might cultivate a garden. McGinness emphasizes that his paintings are not pre-planned, as the carefully crafted individual graphic drawings might suggest. He does not believe that a good painting is simply an executed plan for a painting. The process of making his paintings informs the final outcome. These are intuition-driven works. He believes that the method that one chooses to make the painting, in his case, silkscreening, should be fully exploited within the painting. He therefore uses the language of silkscreen to overprint, off-register, fragment and overlap his drawings. Unless one is intimately familiar with the silkscreen process, it is difficult to “reverse-engineer” the work.
Ryan McGinness is known for his expanded concept of painting. He extends his vision beyond his canvases and onto the walls to creative immersive environments. In Ryan McGinness Works., the artist created a black light room with site-specific glowing Black Hole paintings and fluorescent vinyl. This expansion continued with a series of sculptures where his paintings exploded into the third dimension.
In 2007, McGinness was commissioned by PS1/ MoMA to create an installation for Art Positions at Art Basel Miami Beach. The work was reinstalled at PS1 in the spring of 2008. In the fall of 2008, the Cincinnati Art Museum presented a solo exhibition of McGinness’s Aesthetic Comfort works.
The opening of Ryan McGiness Works. coincided with the release of a new book of the same title, published by Rizzoli. The hardcover 296-page book is a process-revealing catalogue of recent works which includes a behind-the-scenes look at McGinness’s Deitch exhibition in 2005. Included are texts and interviews by David Byrne, Tom Greenwood, Peter Halley, Greg Lindquist, and Jonathan T.D. Neil.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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