RYAN McGINLEY

Reach Out, I’m Right Here

Taylor (Black & Blue) 2012 c-print 181.5 × 273.0 cm (image) ©Ryan McGinley Courtesy of Team Gallery, New York/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

【Introduction】

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 o pened a g uerrilla 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.
Sylvia Wolf, a former curator at the Whitney and a current director of the Henry Art Gallery, Washington University, remarks that while McGinley’s depiction of youth culture or subjects outside the mainstream remind us of works by Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, or Wolfgang Tillmans, “his subjects appear to be having much more fun than those of his predecessors. With images that are charged with spontaneity, candor, and exuberance, he adds a freshness and fervor to the genre.” She also points out: “[the] breaking down of boundaries between public and private spheres of activity, and the obsessive self-examination that characterizes McGinley’s early work anticipate the era of YouTube, where video clips made without attention to craft by anonymous amateurs are posted for all to see.”
(Sylvia Wolf, “Out of Bounds: Photographs by Ryan McGinley”, in Ryan McGinley, You and I, Twin Palms Publishers, 2011)

Over the years, McGinley’s work has evolved from the documentary of his own reality towards the capturing of meticulously considered and balanced yet still wildly unpredictable moments. In the summer of 2003, McGinley was invited to spend a summer at a house in rural Vermont and began to discover the possibilities of directing the action in front of his cam era. H e specifically created situations that allowed his subjects to lose them selves in the moment, such as climbing amongst tree branches, or swimming at night. Since then he has introduced increasingly elaborate situations, adding studio-style lighting and effects to his outdoor shoots.

【Concept】

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 Artsit 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 m e to watch; the p eople were really just p rops for the anim als 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.

Artist Profile

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley was born in Ramsey, USA in 1977. Lives and works in New York. He graduated from B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Parsons School of Design, New York. He has shown his works in a vast number of exhibitions in the world. His major solo exhibitions include “The Kids Are Alright”(The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2003), “New Photographs”(MOMA PS1, New York, 2004), “Laboratorio 987: Entre Nosotros”(Museo de Arte Contemporá neo de Castilla y León, Spain, 2005), “Project Space”(Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria, 2006), “Magic Magnifier: Photographs 1998 to 2013”(Daelim Museum, Seoul, 2013), “Ryan McGinley: BODY LOUD!”(Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2016) and “The Four Seasons”(Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, 2016). Tomio Koyama Gallery and 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery concurrently held his solo exhibitions in 2012, his first in Japan. His works are included in numerous public collections including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA), Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington D.C., USA) .
For more information on the artist, please see the following URL.
http://ryanmcginley.com/

  • installation view from [Reach Out, I'm Right Here] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012
 copy:Ryan McGinley
  • installation view from [Reach Out, I'm Right Here] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 
copy:Ryan McGinley
  • installation view from [Reach Out, I'm Right Here] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 
copy:Ryan McGinley
  • Mellow Meadow, 2012 
c-print, 
76.2 x 114.3 cm
, ©Ryan McGinley Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York
  • Black Forest, 2012 
c-print
, 76.2 x 114.3 cm, ©Ryan McGinley Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York

  • Firefly, 2012 
c-print, 
121.9 x 182.8 cm
, ©Ryan McGinley Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York
  • Kaboom, 2012
 c-print
, 121.9 x 182.8 cm
, ©Ryan McGinley Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York