When I saw some fragments of R. McGinley’s art show which opened yesterday in New York, I unintentionally started hearing Patti Smith in my head, feel warm rays of sun on my skin and see a faded landscape through my eyes slightly open… wind, speed, freedom, highway and many more things that warm up your heart and makes it beat faster. Summer is coming, and while waiting for it this kind of art show really lifts up the mood.
For his holiday of summer 2007 R. McGinley has found 16 models and left for so called road trip. As an inspiration for the trip, he chose 60’s — 70’s style and nudist magazines of that time. During the trip, he used about 4000 camera films and took about 150 000 shots from which 50 were selected for the art show named, as you have already read it in the title, –I Know Where the Summer Goes.
Looking at these pictures, you can’t help but feel indisputable freedom and I don’t mean shedding of the clothes. In much of these photographs, there are no compositional dogmas. It is broken for purpose. By spontaneously imitating amateur fixation of travel moments, it liberates and makes the whole view more vivid.
If you aren’t indifferent to J. Kerouac and nostalgia of past decades I think R. McGinley’s collection will attract you and affect you, at least a little bit. And if you will not run away with your friends to some adventure this summer, maybe you will loosen up a bit in the park nearby during sunny evening listening to Patti Smith with photographs of this author burnt into your memory.
That’s it. I hope this summer will be generous.
Author’s website here.