Text by Dieter Buchhart, Andrew Blauvelt, Ben Sutton, Carlo McCormick, Bill Powers.
Ryan McGinness: #metadata features new paintings by Ryan McGinness. McGinness’ work, taking inspiration from skate and surf culture and graphic design, has been characterized as “equal parts Pop, Baroque, commercial and street.” But in his recent paintings McGinness stays local, taking his inspiration from his own studio space and tools. The paintings in the Studio Views and Screen Combines series depict various scenes and detritus from the studio, including tools, sketches, paint containers and finished paintings. Disrupting the normal hierarchy of means and ends, works in progress and finished products, McGinness presents us with the very tools and spaces used to make the paintings themselves. Ryan McGinness: #metadata features an interview with the artist, a selection of early works and installation views of McGinness’ work on view at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles and the Cranbrook Art Museum.
Ryan McGinness (born 1972) grew up in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. During college he interned at The Andy Warhol Museum as a curatorial assistant. His work is in the permanent public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Cincinnati Art Museum. McGinness lives in New York.