Episode 141:Ryan McGinley/Chris Perez

May 11, 2008 · Print This Article

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Ryan McGinley

This week the West Coast Crew heads down to Ratio3 to talk to Ryan McGinley and gallerist Chris Perez.

Ryan McGinley makes large-scale color photographs of nudes in abstracted natural landscapes. With his subjects as willing collaborators, he used photography to break down barriers between public and private lives. Drawn from skateboarding, music, graffiti and gay subcultures, his models perform for the camera and expose themselves with complete self-awareness.

McGinley’s more recent work signals a departure from the urban youth culture images for which he is well known – over the past few summers he has been working almost exclusively in natural settings in the American west.

At 24, he was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also had solo exhibitions at PS1 and in Spain at the MUSAC in Leon. In 2007 he was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity award by the International Center for Photography.

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12 thoughts on “Episode 141:Ryan McGinley/Chris Perez”

  1. Balzac says:

    Is it just me, or was everyone short of Patricia really high or mildly brain damaged during this interview?

  2. hamlett says:

    i just finished listening to the episode yesterday and the all i could think during the intereview was “got weed?” balzac is right on. it seems like the conversations that involve whiskey are way more fun.

  3. ben says:

    i’ve got love for the west coast bug. i miss roadtripping on cheap gas. i remember one evening at the great sand dunes in colorado drinking full moonlit whiskey with friends. it was magical. afterwards, my friend bowie crashed another guy’s (tom’s) car into a deer. the deer was injured but not killed. another friend rufus wanted to kill the poor thing. by the time he had his gun lined up, the deer trampled off to die on its own. i wish that i had an olga camera to capture the experience. road trip adventures should be documented with olga cameras. unless kate moss is involved. then it should involve fireworks and feathers.

  4. erica says:

    going to see this exhibit today…

  5. duncan. says:

    Let us know what you think. I’m curious to hear how the exhibition looks.


  6. tony fitzpatrick says:

    I saw an exhibition of Ryan’s work in New York and found myself really liking it– in fact a lot of the work was really funny….

  7. erica says:

    Hey — it was gorgeous: saturated colors, beautiful framing, evocative silhouettes. Doesn’t hurt that the subjects were all young people you would want to see naked. Exuberant stuff.

    Ratio 3 was great too — small, light, easy to be in.

  8. Joe says:

    Smoke machines = timeless? This interview was full of such infuriatingly simplistic ideas. “The photographs just feel like a spontaneous moment…” Wow, what a strikingly revelatory comment on the nature of photography. This guy speaks and acts like some lame, generic “photographer” character on a TV drama, and I was cringing at his comments throughout this entire interview.
    And the interviewer was just as bad: “Tell me about the fireworks… because the 4th of July is my favorite holiday.” Sorry guys, but can’t you go any deeper than this?

  9. Balzac says:

    That and they were all seemingly baked out of their minds.

  10. jackie says:

    i was liking the interview, until Ryan mentioned that he was casting people for his road trips.

  11. wwc says:

    What was the outro music? I got as little contact buzz just listening…

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