LAST LOOK | RYAN McGINLEY’S “VERTICAL COLOR OF SOUND” AT GALERIE PERROTIN HONG KONG

June 18, 2014  |  art

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This week marks the last chance to see New York photographer Ryan McGinley's excellent new show, the compellingly titled Vertical Color of Sound at Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong.  For his first show solo exhibition in China, McGinley presents a selection of large-format prints of images taken on his last annual summer road trip depicting his naked troop of co-conspirators romping nakedly through an American garden of Eden.

Since 2005, McGinley has spent his summers taking road trips across America. He travels with a large crew of assistants and models, as well as a great deal of professional camera and lighting equipment. McGinley shoots the models in the nude in natural settings and the interaction between the models and the artist’s camera is crucial: his situations and his camera allow for an unbridled sense of performative freedom that is immediately visible in the images.

Most of the works in the show depict idyllic scenes of pastoral beauty: carefree nudes hurling themselves through rural landscapes and figures subsumed by immense skylines. The model’s nudity, along with the natural settings, allows for a timeless quality – although the bodies and their modes of performance are distinctly contemporary, they manage simultaneously to exist outside of any recognizable historical context. One body of work is absent of people, mesmerizing photographs of night skies.

Also on display are multiple examples of McGinley’s beloved fireworks photos, which are characterized by the liquid light that illuminates the night sky and colorizes the whole photograph. These images are McGinley’s nuanced ex- plorations of the momentary nature of light, color and atmosphere.

The show closes Saturday, June 21st, don't miss it if you're in Hong Kong...

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The artist in black & white...

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