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Ryan McGinness Presents #metadata

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While neon, almost psychedelic, prints may be what first draws a viewer’s eye, a cheeky interplay between depth and texture is one of the highlights of Ryan McGinness’ latest exhibit, #metadata, at the Kohn Gallery.

By Cecilia Latiolais

 

McGinness’ work probes the space between a work of art and the space in which it is created with paintings featuring his signature layered symbols – many of which speak to McGinness’ background and interest in skate culture graphics – contained within a larger image that suggests an artist’s studio: buckets seem to hold up the frenzied, bright prints against a solid-colored background, sawhorses appear regularly, and silhouettes of a person standing before something pop up to remind us that artworks requires an artist. The space of creation is further invoked with the contrast between smooth, solid-colored backgrounds and strips of modernist woodgrain print that often border a section of a painting.

In addition to the work in the main gallery (aptly named Studio Views), an additional side gallery contains Screen Combines, a maze of McGinness’ paintings on silkscreens nailed to exposed wooden beams, which lead to smaller paintings. Walking through, the transparent screens hold the image printed on them, as well as what lies behind it – an overlapping of image that a viewer’s eye can’t help but enact. In this way, Screen Combines allows a person to play out some of McGinness’ own process and product, creating while considering a creation.

 

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“#metadata” is on view at the Kohn Gallery until April 22nd. 

Visit McGinness’ website for more information. 

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Cecilia Latiolais is an MFA candidate in UC Riverside's Creative Writing & Writing for Performing Arts graduate program. Her writing focuses on art and the sacred, the individual within the communal, sexuality, and control. She hopes to be able to explore Los Angeles until it falls into the Pacific.

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