Ryan McGinness Describes His Work

Ryan McGinnes was born in Virginia Beach, VA. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.  He lives and works in New York City. 
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Question: Do you distinguish between painting, sculpting and environments?

McGinness:    No, I guess I don’t.  I used to do more kind of instillation… sight specific work whereby I would go into, you know, a museum or a gallery or an environment… a space, a blank space and I wanted to create my own world in which to locate the paintings and the sculptures.  And I think I always wanted to do that as a way of owning the space but recently the paintings have gotten larger because I wanted all of the energy and all of the blood and tears that I have been putting into the walls which are essentially temporary to kind of go into the canvasses so that canvasses have become their own environments by shifting scales, yeah.


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