76 Grand Street
Worlds within Worlds was a multi-layered installation by Ryan McGinness. With new paintings, murals, and a mirrored maze installation, Ryan McGinness invited the viewer into a dynamic and thoughtful engagement of the gallery space.
McGinness is known for his labyrinths of flat imagery, but in this exhibition he extended his vision into the viewer’s space and created a world where his iconic imagery seemed to fill the air. His multiple environments suggested the existence of parallel universes that develop cultures independently of each other but are occasionally and briefly informed of one another’s progress through repeated wormholes in the form of plants, roots, and other tunnel-like shapes. McGinness expanded this labyrinth into the third dimension with a mirrored maze in which the viewer was interjected between infinitely reflected collapsing and expanding graphic worlds.
Worlds Within Worlds was built upon McGinness’s graphic vocabulary, an amalgam of icons and symbols in which originals do not exist. Graphic signs and personal iconography are materialized, replicated, and recontextualized infinitely. In this manner, the artist creates the antithesis of the traditional art-world concept of the precious original by building a world of familiarity and accessibility.
Ryan McGinness received critical acclaim for his first book, flatnessisgod, published in 1999. Since then, additional books of this work have been published, including luxurygood (alife, New York), vocabularytest (Joseph Silvestro Gallery, New York), pieceofmind (colette, Paris), flatnessisgodREDUX (Kill Your Gods/ Ginko Press), and a monograph of his work by Gasbook Tokyo. In conjunction to this exhibition, Ginko Press published a new, limited edition artists book titled Project Rainbow. The book takes the viewer on a journey into the details of McGinness’s layered silkscreen paintings. McGinness has presented solo exhibitions in LA, Paris, and Tokyo. He lives and works in NYC.
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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