Opening: Ryan McGinness "Women" @ Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego

September 14, 2012

Opening Saturday evening at Quint Contemporary Art in San Diego is an solo exhibition featuring Ryan McGinness titled Women: New (Re) Presentations. The show is comprised of a series of works McGinness has been producing over the last few years experimenting with the representations of the female nude, delineating the long-standing subject in Western art into essential geometric forms in a variety of mediums that range from process sketches, works on paper, and cyanotypes to porcelain-baked enamel works on steel, fluorescent glass bead paintings, and the silkscreens. We stopped by the gallery during install and checked out the show for a little preview and here's some of what we saw. Come by Saturday night and see it for yourself.

From the press: "Based on figure drawings from life models, McGinness’ Women series captures the essence of beauty in its simplicity of form. He explains, “Two parallel desires drive these new Women drawings: My desire to simplify and iconify the underlying visually logical geometries inherent in my figure drawings in order to better understand my subject matter; and my desire to embrace and capture the purely aesthetic experience of graceful curves and sensual forms inherent in my models.”
Throughout art history, artists have explored the idea of beauty through the use of the female nude. In contemporary art, the idea of this historically male gaze has been explored and questioned. McGinness addresses this idea of the male gaze by collecting visual data from his models and then rendering them oblique through a process of reduction and distillation to elemental forms. McGinness’ iconic drawings speak to the viewer more than to the raw nature of the female nude."

Opening Reception Saturday, September 15th, from 6 to 8 PM Quint Contemporary Art 7547 Girard Ave La Jolla, CA 92037 Open Tue - Sat 10AM - 5:30PM