|Ryan McGinness, Works book cover, 2009|
|Ryan McGinness, 2009|
The book is exactly what you'd expect from it's straight forward title (Works: Paintings, Sculptures, Sketches, Drawings, Installations, Editions, and Other Stuff). It is sectioned off by bright colors ranging from red to violet, each representing a different section providing am easier way digest the mass of art and text in front of you. This definitely put me at ease and helped me keep my focus while reading. The book begins with a Q & A section and "Notes from a former assistant" giving it's reader a taste of who Ryan McGinness is as a person and an artist so before you're able to really dissect his work you learn about his interests, struggles and creative process. In class, a discussion that comes up from time to time, came up in my head about a million times while gazing at the Q&A. I wondered if my knowledge about McGinness would effect whether I enjoyed this book, and his art pieces. Before reading Works, I had always strongly stuck by the whole "the art matters not the artist" thing, but personally I feel like gaining knowledge about his process and him personally, ultimately made me more inclined to enjoy his graphics.
|Design by Ryan McGinness, 2009|
|Ryan McGinness, Untitled (Sculpture Study 5), 2009, acrylic on acrylic|
I believe art is a thoughtful idea thoughtfully materialized. I believe in craft, and I believe in the artists hand. I believe in the human touch. I do not want to be a machine. I think there is a big difference between artist and director. I also believe in individual authorship as a means of undiluted accountability. I believe the best art is made with unwavering conviction. And, I believe the best artists help us see the world in new ways by contributing unique and original forms to our collective understanding of who we are and why we are here.I think Guinness's answer will tie me over for a while.