Community Identity Stability
Ryan McGinness is a man of symbolism. His artworks speak the language of signs rather than words or pictures. McGinness’ symbols sometimes find themselves amongst many, other times they reside in solitude. No matter which surrounding the artist selects for his creations they always provoke a strong sense of emotion. Viewers cannot help themselves but to contemplate the deeper meaning of what the artist is trying to say. The beauty of Ryan McGinness’ art is that promotes discourse with simple means.
This is Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness was born in Virginia Beach, VA. He received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and worked as the Curatorial Assistant at the Andy Warhol Museum after college. He currently has a solo exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and has been shown in numerous international exhibitions in recent years. McGinness’ works are in several private and public collections including The Charles Saatchi Collection; Norton Family Foundation; MoMA, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and UBS Collection, New York.
10 Paintings – 10 Lithographs – 10 Years
His latest exhibition at Quint Gallery titled Community Identity Stability will feature ten new paintings and ten monoprint lithographs from stone, published by Edition Copenhagen. The paintings represent a quiet contemplation by McGinness on his work from the past ten years. They combine elements from past bodies of work into “studio views,” or paintings within paintings. Included are the Mindscapes, Black Holes, and Women series. Additionally, this is the first time that McGinness has outfitted his paintings with artist-made frames, each silver- or gold-leafed and painted in the studio. The monoprints are autobiographical works composed of collaged original drawings in McGinness’ signature iconic style.
State Imposed Motto
The title of the exhibition, Community Identity Stability, is derived from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, in which “Community. Identity. Stability.” is the state imposed motto. McGinness’ artworks are made up of his original symbols that embody deeper meaning and reflection, whether on popular or subversive cultures. He employs the visual language of authority (universal icons) and remodels these tools of the state to express more surreal and poetic contemplations of the individual.
Ryan McGinness’ fourth solo exhibition at Quint Gallery opened on November 8th and will run until the end of this year.
All images courtesy of Quint Gallery and Ryan McGinness