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Het Industriegebouw

RYAN MCGINNESS ART HISTORY IS NOT LINEAR (BOIJMANS)    
11.02.2016 – 13.02.2016 | 10 am – 18 pm | Free entrance
Location: Het Industriegebouw, Goudsesingel 66, Rotterdam

During Art Rotterdam 2016 Galerie Ron Mandos presents an exclusive presentation of Art History Is Not Linear (Boijmans) by the international acclaimed artist Ryan McGinness, at Rotterdam’ newest venue ‘Het Industriegebouw’, just a twenty-minute ride away from the Van Nelle Fabriek. 

Het Industriegebouw
Het Industriegebouw can be seen as a typical architectural icon of the reconstructioning of Rotterdam after its destruction in World War II. Realized in a post-war Rotterdam, it is designed by the legendary architect Hugh Maaskant in collaboration with Willem van Tijen. Het Industriegebouw comprises 20,000 square meters of space and accommodate different organizations from start-up to creatives and high-end retail to hospitality services. The building has a recognizable U-shape. The U ends at the Achterklooster with five low ceiling, large spaces. The building is intersected by a service road parallel to the Goudsesingel. On the top floor modern lofts are being realized. Het Industriegebouw is located in the trendy Hoog Kwartier area; situated between Oostplein and the Markthal.

ART HISTORY IS NOT LINEAR (BOIJMANS)    
Especially for Art Rotterdam 2016 Galerie Ron Mandos turns back to its roots in Rotterdam in collaboration with Het Industriegebouw, with an exclusive exhibition of Ryan McGinness 's Art History is not linear. For his ongoing Art History Is Not Linear series, Ryan McGinness (USA, 1972) dives into museum collections from around the world in order to document their artworks and objects into his own work. In 2014 he created these Boijmans series for which he made two hundred sketch drawings based on two hundred objects from the permanent collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The gesture of creating these paintings forces the museum’s collection to fold in on itself. McGinness distils the museum’s collection down to individual units of meanings (symbols) and then rebuilds it in nine new works. Especially for Art Rotterdam five of them are being showed at the Industriegebouw and others can be seen at the fair, in the Galerie Ron Mandos booth.

Ryan McGinness has always been interested in logos and symbols. From an early age on he noticed what these symbols could do and how the system of branding functioned, which ultimately led him to studying graphic design. The basis for his iconic large-scale images is hand drawing deriving from everyday (consumer) society, which he ultimately transforms into digitalized homogeneous symbols and icons that can be reproduced and replicated infinitely onto any surface. McGinness creates a world that consists of its own vocabulary of symbols, all juxtaposed next to each other. These symbols together do not have a clear narrative, giving the viewer the possibility of multiple subjective interpretations. Coming from a generation of artists who were influenced by typography, graffiti, pop and commercialism, McGinness’ work consistently surprises the viewer with their colorful arabesques and baroque beauty, oozing with their own personal language.

The artist lives and works in New York, his work was shown a.o. at P.S.1/Museum of Modern Art in New York, Royal Academy of Arts and The Saatchi Gallery in London, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Pace Prints in New York, Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, Gas Gallery in Tokyo, Galerie de Miguel in Munich, Colette in Paris, Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne in Lille and the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.

Many of his works are part of significant collections, a.o. are The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, The Taguchi Art Collection in Tokyo, The Charles Saatchi Collection, New York Bank of America in New York, JP Morgan Chase Art Program, MTV Networks, The Neuberger Berman Collection, Hallmark Art Collection, The Schwab Family Collection and Sammlung Plum & Akzo Nobel Art Foundation.


 

 

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ABOUT Ryan McGinness

“I’m trying to communicate complex and poetic concepts with a cold, graphic, and authoritative visual vocabulary. I concentrate on shape, line, color, and composition to communicate within simplified picture planes. As such, the work resides somewhere between abstraction and representation.

At the essence of our being is the need to know and the need to understand. I am interested in our need to read into and interpret—to make sense of chaos and give meaning to seemingly abstract forms. This interpretation involves an egocentric faith in the fact that there must be a meaning for us to understand. We surrender our logic to the belief that answers do indeed exist, and so, by default, we invent them. With my work, interpretations are not absolute, but guided, to allow for multiple reads. This allows the viewer to bring to the work his own history, memories, and knowledge to find a personalized meaning.”
— Ryan McGinness, 2005

Ryan McGinness’s work consists of an amalgam of icons and symbols. Drawing from his background in the design industry, Ryan McGinness’s work resolves the clinical graphic aesthetics of media as vast, contemplative fields of intimate meditation. It incorporates strong social commentary on iconography, language, and historical and contemporary symbolism. His graphic drawings and personal iconography are replicated, recontextualized, and materialized infinitely throughout his densely layered paintings.

Born and raised in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach, Virginia, McGinness moved on to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. During college, he worked at the Andy Warhol Museum as a curatorial assistant, which inevitably influenced his proclivity toward pop and graphic aestheticism. Known for his original extensive vocabulary of graphic drawings that use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos, and contemporary iconography, McGinness creates paintings, sculptures, and environments and fabricate the iconography of contemporary experience as spiritual and timeless.

McGinness’s work can be found in such art institutions as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Cincinnati Art Museum, and private and corporation collections including the Neuberger Berman Collection, the Schwab Family Collection, and the Charles Saatchi Collection.

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