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Ryan McGinness at Deitch Projects

Ryan McGinness at Deitch Projects

Ryan McGinness at Deitch Projects

Saw the Ryan McGinness ‘Works’ show currently up at Deitch Projects in New York City.  Very much enjoyed it.  I am a big fan of McGinness’s work and his latest effort at Deitch did not dissapoint.  McGinness has made a careeer out of developing his ‘stencil’ style. Over the years he has taken this stencil vocabulary from the rigorously distributed to the minimalist large scale presentation of only one to the current iteration of a maximalist deluge of thousands of stencils in either a riot of colors or in varying shades of a single color.  I will admit that, to me, his pieces that were rendered in a color ‘family’ or in shades of one color were more successful than his pieces done in many colors.  The variations in red, green, blue, etc. became studies in discovery of relationship and highlight between the forms by adjusting the shade or intensity of a color whereas the multicolor pieces tended to read as a ‘whole’.  A sort-of techni-color camouflage.  the strongest pieces in the show, in my opinion, are McGinness’s ‘black’ pieces.  As a group or on their own the round canvases done in shades of charcoal and black draw the viewer in with a dark complexity the other pieces in the showdeitch-1 do not have.  The family oDeitch Projects McGinness openingf blacks giving each piece a texture and mood that causes you to continue to search the painting’s stencils for the one that will unlock it’s meaning.  Maybe I missed this exchange in the other colored pieces in the show.  But I will be happy to return to McGinness’s work to continue efforts to decode his modern hieroglyphs.