Ryan McGinley "Grids" @ Team Gallery, NYCJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012
Coinciding with McGinley's Animals exhibition at Team Gallery, the NYC-photographer will also open Grids at Team, a series of works on three huge grids that feature individual portraits of fans at concerts. These shows mark the first time a single artist has had simultaneous shows in both Team spaces.
This exhibition consists of three huge grids of individual portraits of fans at concerts. Over the past four years, Ryan McGinley has photographed faces in the crowd at a number of large outdoor music festivals across the United States and in Europe. These recurring events run for two or three days and feature a relatively wide variety of artists. McGinley and the members of his crew - each of whom has been given explicit instruction - spend their days from noon until well past midnight attending performances, shooting the fans from myriad vantage points, afterwards camping overnight on the fairgrounds. In this way, they become deeply involved observers, both physically and emotionally immersed in the throng while still maintaining a certain sense of removal. The resulting images show ecstatic faces awash with colored light, each larger than life size.
May 2—June 2, 2012
New York City