Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness on Art and Sexuality

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Ryan McGinness's work is highly sexual--something he says is a result of allowing himself to unleash his subconscious.

Ryan McGinness

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. 

Question: How much of your sexuality is in your art?

McGinness:    A lot of it not unlike a lot of everything personally in my work, now what does it actually look like in the work?  There are a lot of people fucking each other in a lot of paintings, there are penises that turns into skulls that are attacking their hosts so there’s something there I guess so a lot of it I guess, yeah.   

Question: How deliberate is it?

McGinness:    Sure or you know, deliberately allowing the subconscious to come through, you know?  And it really comes back to that initial sketch process where I’m just drawing, a lot of times kind of just free form and seeing what kind of comes out and it’s deliberately allowed to come out, I guess, yeah.  Deliberately allowed or deliberately allowing the subconscious to come through the drawings.