Ryan McGinley: I Know Where the Summer Goes

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.

Aleksandr Pasevin
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Aleksandr Pasevin
Aleksandr Pasevin is Art Pit’s strategist and designer, responsible for organization’s creative solutions. Aleksandr is also actively interested in new technologies, their connection with creativity and usage in cultural organizations. Aleksandr dislikes long discussions and considerations, and he mostly expresses his opinion quickly about whet... Read further >
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