MADRID///OPENINGS///RYAN McGINNESS AT LA CASA ENCENDIDA
McGinness sheds his mop in the name of art and relocates his downtown studio to Madrid…
NYC-based artist RYAN McGINNESS is currently on an extended residency at Madrid’s esteemed LA CASA ENCENDIDA cultural institution (January 24–March 7), where a large show of his graphic paintings is on exhibit in the space’s cavernous main hall. His entire downtown studio has been replicated as an art project titled, “Studio Franchise Exhibition,” and 40 art assistants have been recruited by the artist and La Casa to assist in his usual prodigious output throughout his stay. Upon arrival, the artist promptly shaved his head, using the hair to create a “wig sculpture” which guests can view on display in his studio.
“The Studio Franchise exhibition created by Ryan McGinness for La Casa Encendida will be open to the public beginning February 5. Ryan’s studio which can be found in Espacio C, will not be an exact recreation of the artist’s studio but a new one created and inspired by certain guidelines of his original studio in New York. It will be in full operation during opening hours of the center and will be honored by the presence of the artist. A casting call was conducted in order find and hire Ryan McGinness clones or duplicates to serve as assistants in the studio for the duration of the exhibition.
As the primary drive of Ryan’s art practice concerns itself with the creation of and (re)production of original symbols, this new Madrid studio and the assistants will serve as symbols of the artist’s New York studio and as symbols of the artist himself. Furthermore, the studio and the assistants are not reproductions of the original, rather, they are productions based on the original. This is the essence of the franchise concept—not the deployment of reproductions or duplicates, but the production of originals created within a set of acceptable pre-determined guidelines—symbols with no referent, but that exist in their own right.
Espacio B will have paintings and sculptures in the making, empty frames, extensive sketches for compositions and paintings on the walls, boxes, plans for the exhibit taped on the wall, stairs, setting-up materials and tools, etc. During the course of the exhibit, the finished works created in the studio will be moved to Espacio B for viewing. McGinness will count on the help of participants in creating these works in the studio.”
HAVE A LOOK:
Opening photos by our friends at GLLTN
Ryan welcomes Spainards into his abode away from home…
McGINNESS’ ORIGINAL NYC STUDIO:
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