Outstanding figures from the history of art, like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, skating icons, work tools and tribal scenes coincide and are superimposed in the work of Ryan McGinness.
Trained in graphic design, this North American artist explores contemporary icons by playing with light and colour, and he has created a catalogue of the most unusual visual symbols.
His work is now on show for the first time in Barcelona in an exhibition entitled Oblique Colour “Color Oblícuo” which is on at the Espai Cultural Caja Madrid until 27 March.
The exhibition offers visitors an explosion of fluorescent paints and psychedelic touches for reflection on the role of the viewer. From the windows to the interior of the exhibition rooms, the artist creates a puzzle that only falls in place at the end of the visit.
Although he works in Manhattan, the atmosphere of Virginia Beach, where he grew up, is present in all his compositions and the world of skating and surfing play a prominent role. Despite that, his style finally took shape during the time he spent at the Andy Warhol Museum, partly in opposition to the ultimate pop artist.
Oblique Color exhibition by Ryan McGinnes | From 26/01/2011 to 27/03/2011
Espai Cultural de l’Obra Social Caja Madrid -> Pl Catalunya, 9 | Eixample