Ryan McGinley "Reach Out, I'm Right Here"

Tomio Koyama Gallery

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Ryan McGinley's utopian photographs, with their subtle but strong sense of composition and color, capture the essence of his generation. In 2000, at the age of 22, McGinley opened a guerrilla show of color photographs depicting moments in the lives of the people around him, members of New York's Lower East Side youth culture. He also produced a 50-page book of these photographs, lovingly titled "The Kids Are Alright" (the title is from a documentary film about the rock band, The Who), which attracted widespread attention and ultimately led to a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, making him the youngest artist ever to receive this honor.

For his exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Ryan McGinley will present color photographs chronicling the summer road trips he has taken with groups of models across the United States. McGinley places his naked subjects in unusual and breathtaking situations, photographing them against the backdrop of the vast and varied American landscape.

At Shibuya Hikarie, selections from McGinley's recent color studio portraits of nude models and animals will be on display. The artist visited various sanctuaries, zoos, and rescue establishments across the U.S., erecting a mobile studio wherever he could. The artist says: “When I would have the animals on set, I'd notice the way the models would interact with them and there was so much true emotion that you rarely see between two human beings. It was fun for me to watch; the people were really just props for the animals to climb on.” (Interview by Marcuse Chang, The New York Times Magazine, May 12, 2012.)

There exists both tension and tenderness between the models and wild animals, as they claw, clutch, nibble, and hug one another.

[Image: Ryan McGinley, "Taylor (Black & Blue)" (2012)]



From 2012-09-01 To 2012-09-29

Opening Reception on 2012-09-01 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ryan McGinley



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