The Expansive "Paradiso": Ryan McGinley's New Photographs @ Ratio 3, San Francisco

Jan 13, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018Ratio 3, San Francisco

Ryan McGinley has an expansive, painterly approach to photography. Not so much lifestyle as its a representation of a particular kind of youthful energy and literal natural beauty, McGinley almost thinks like a painter; turning the American terrain into a work of art. His new show, Paradiso, just opened at Ratio 3 in San Francisco, and runs through February 24, 2018.

 As the gallery notes of the NYC-based photographer and his lasting influence on contemporary photography, "Throughout this most recent body of work, McGinley photographed nude figures in upstate New York during the winter and fall seasons. The transition of seasons brings complexity to even seemingly monochromatic landscapes. By concentrating on a single region during a particular season, McGinley has honed his images to depict the character of both place and person."

"Where several images in Paradiso evoke the same sense of spontaneity as the artist’s earliest work, these images also reflect his deliberate focus that has shaped the last decade of McGinley’s practice. McGinley’s photographic treatment of his models is increasingly concerned with the body as form, departing from the spontaneous portraiture for which he first became known over a decade ago, yet preserving the exuberance of a candid image. Through careful direction of his subjects and selection of locations, McGinley constructs a world that pairs humanity with nature and blurs the distinction between fantasy and authenticity."