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All Your Downtown Heroes Love Ryan McGinley, Shouldn't You?

"That was total crap," growled one hateful hipster as I approached the door at Ryan McGinley's photo show at the Team Gallery in Soho Thursday night. "Don't even bother." There are many reasons to heap scorn on Mr. McGinley: the former Jersey skatepunk had a Whitney Museum solo show at 25, hangs out with gum-painting charlatan Dan Colen, and oh yeah, he has a steady stream of beautiful people willing to drop trou for his lens. The green-eyed naysayers need to get over themselves and the trappings of McGinley's art fame, though, as this show, "I Know Where the Summer Goes," has some of his most dreamy and haunting photos yet. Shot on 4,000 rolls of film last summer all across America, these snaps still show young lovelies and their naughty bits, but this time they're running across deserts, canyons, and highways, falling in mid-air, or else dancing through a rain of fireworks sparks (my favorite). Once derided as a pale imitation of Larry Clark or Nan Goldin, this shows him maturing (he's now 30) and looking for his place in the world—and in nature.
All this was hardly visible through the mob of scenesters braving a rainy night and blocking my view. Was it just to see a flash of titty or dick? Or to hobnob with Ryan's famous fans? Photographer Terry Richardson, model Agyness Deyn, various Misshapes, and REM's Michael Stipe all came and payed homage to McGinley. The sweaty throng is gone now—go check it out for yourself.


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there's a remarkable softness in ALL of the photos iv seen by him. <3
i really think a photorapher is a GOOD one when you can identify his/her work by this sort of "tocuh"

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04.10.08 Suddenly, Last Summer New York Left: Photographer Terry Richardson with artist Jack Pierson. Right: John Waters, Ryan McGinley, and Parker Posey. (All photos: David Velasco)
I don’t know of any young artist besides Ryan McGinley who can evoke Andrew Wyeth without seeming arch or trite. Or one modish enough to conjure an opening where downtown socialites the MisShapes have to be seen to maintain cred, yet still solid enough for the New York Times Magazine’s prim photo editor to accept his invitation to dinner. His deft straddling of wholesome and hip has a broad appeal that drew a crowd to last Thursday’s opening of “I Know Where the Summer Goes” big enough to have broken a Team gallery record, or at least its fire code.
Even after I pushed through the mob to the wall to look at the pictures, my view was blocked by gawkers whose backs were almost brushing the art, surveying the mingling morass in the center of the room. There, McGinley, looking all-American in a blue suit and a tie with red hearts, greeted guests with sustained buoyancy as interns studiously recorded his every move in photo and video.
In the show itself, models perform acts of quaint mischief—lighting sparklers, doing cannonballs at the old swim hole—in a fantasy landscape where time and underwear don’t exist. John Waters, who compares McGinley to the title character in Waters’s own film Pecker, called it “very Zabriskie Point,” though I found it more chaste (even with the token crotch shot) and less urgent than Antonioni’s epic. Overall, the series is ripe with languid sincerity and deserves its title, which comes from a Belle and Sebastian song that lilts, “No one likes a smart-***.”
Left: Genevieve Jones and MisShape Leigh Lezark. Right: Artist Edward Mapplethorpe, dealer Alison Jacques, and artist and writer Jack Walls.
The photos’ indolent tone was in fact the result of months of hard labor, during which the artist documented, as he does, antics from a cross-country road trip of his own rigorous planning. Coley Brown, one of McGinley’s gangly muses, said the artist continued photographing in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes (shooting another model, Marcel, for the enigmatic picture Question Mark) even as a violent hailstorm broke out, and his coterie of skinny, naked people darted to avoid being struck by lightning. “I thought someone was going to die,” Brown said. Near-death experience aside, he would happily do it all again (“If I get invited,” he added wistfully). But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. A friend told me how he dissuaded a willowy art student from applying: “Afterward, he’d be like a reality-TV has-been.” Others had more old-fashioned reasons for demurring. “I was supposed to go,” said Richard Bars, McGinley’s ex-boyfriend. “But I refused to take my pants off.”
The crowd began to thin around eight, and half an hour later, Team owner José Freire sounded his megaphone’s siren to expel the last of the stragglers. A decidedly smaller crew made their way south to the Odeon, the storied Tribeca setting of Bright Lights, Big City, which Team had rented out for the dinner. There I chatted with McGinley’s mother, learning that his artistic talent was first recognized when he took first place in a ShopRite drawing contest. He won a fourteen-inch truck. When the waiters began taking orders, I sat kitty-corner to writer Ariel Levy, who quoted McGinley at length in her article on Dash Snow for New York magazine early last year. Surely the experience of writing that tale of drug-fueled privilege prepared Levy well for her forthcoming New Yorker profile of First Lady–hopeful Cindy McCain.
Left: Ryan McGinley with Team gallery owner José Freire. Right: Model Coley Brown.
Few artists were present, though former mentors, like Jack Pierson, Jack Walls, and McGinley’s old Parsons professor George Pitts, attended. McGinley dined with Waters and Michael Stipe, their dates, and Parker Posey. While McGinley is soon to make his silver-screen debut—he has a cameo leading a gay rights march in Gus Van Sant’s Milk, about the eponymous San Francisco mayor—I doubt he was asking his famous friends for performance tips. What he really wants to do is direct, and after two or three more road trips, he hopes to start making films.
The evening climaxed when, a little after 11 PM, Freire climbed atop a banquette, turned his bullhorn back on, and gave a glowing toast to his artist. Guests lingered for over an hour more, until the youthful contingent moved on to the Bowery Electric—the bar that recently displaced the CCTV haven Remote Lounge—where McGinley ushered a small crew past security. I withdrew around 2 AM, just before a set by the Virgins, McGinley’s friends and his perennial afterparty favorite. When I started toward the door, McGinley ambushed me with a bear hug and thanked me for coming—a disarming moment, since we’d met only that night. Ever the skeptic, I wondered if I was being cajoled into a world of fandom as artfully constructed as Planet Road Trip. But as the embrace ended and I mumbled chummy congratulations at McGinley’s shoulder, I decided it wasn’t a bad club to be in.
Left: Artist Dan Colen. Right: Tim Barber and Marcel.

Left: Art Production Fund co-founder Yvonne Force-Villareal. Right: Designer Cynthia Rowley with writer Bill Powers.
Left: The Breeder's Nadia Gerazouni. Right: Artist Nate Lowman with dealer David Quadrini.
Left: Artist Cory Arcangel. Right: Team gallery's Owen Reynolds Clements.
Left: Team gallery's Alex Logsdail. Right: Ryan McGinley with The Virgins's Donald Cumming.

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Thanks for posting that article. I really enjoyed it....he has a story behind everthing he wears.

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Vice covers shot by McGinley:

Vice: So is the photo you took for this issue’s cover real?
Ryan McGinley:
Yes. Lily got into a fight the night before I made that photograph and she got a black eye. We were in White Sands, New Mexico and I made that image during the magic hour—one hour before the sun set. It’s my favorite time to shoot pictures.

Why were you guys in New Mexico?
Last summer I went on a trip across the United States, starting from New York and going all the way to California and back. I traveled with five boys and five girls for close to three months.

That sounds crazy.
Planning it was insane. I tried to follow a strict itinerary and stick to specific ideas for photo shoots each day. Sometimes it worked, but there’s always that element of surprise and mistake and that’s what I love. It’s like when you see something you totally didn’t map out, and you just say, “OK” and go with it. All the best work comes out of what you never expected to happen.

Did you always want to be a photographer?
I never thought I was going to be a photographer. I began making work at the end of 1998 and I remember thinking to myself, “Oh, am I a photographer? No, I’m not a photographer.” For four years I was just taking pictures because I was really into it and that’s just what I did because I had to do it. Then at the end of 2001, once I started to show my work a little and right around the time Index published my first book, I remember saying to myself, “Oh, I’m actually a photographer now!”

Your work has really changed direction since you started.
Well, now I think about my photographs more the way a director would think about a film. That really came about from being on the set of the Thumbsucker. Mike Mills asked me to come and photograph behind the scenes for a week in 2003 and I sort of had an epiphany.

Which was what?
I was very inspired watching Mike work these 14-hour days, everyday, going from location to location and producing massive amounts of work. I realized that I didn’t want to be this photographer that’s just doing one photo shoot here and then another photo shoot there. It was stressing me out too much. I wanted to spend time thinking about exactly where I wanted to shoot and what I wanted to shoot and the people I want to photograph together. Then, after making all this work, I’d come back and spend the next six months editing and putting it all together.

I think I’ll work like that until I actually have the balls to go ahead and make a film!

So working on the movie inspired the structure of the road trip project, but how did you decide on all the traveling and outdoorsy-ness that went into the photos?
After I moved to New York in 1996 I never wanted to leave. But then in 2002 I went upstate to visit my friend Dan Colen, who had been painting in a barn all summer. I brought a group of friends with me that I’d been photographing at the time. I realized that I really liked the idea of taking people out of the city. It brought out a freedom and energy. People really let down their guard and I liked photographing that.

But pretty much everything up until my exhibit at The Whitney Museum in 2003 was shot in New York. After that I had this feeling that I needed to get out of the city. Getting these kids who live here to leave is now a key part of my work. I could never produce the photos that I now make if I only shot in New York.

When you’re in the city it’s like you can’t get out of your mind what you have to do tomorrow or what you have to do later that day. When you take somebody out of the city for an extended period of time they quickly leave all that behind. I think since most people are not from New York, it reminds them of being a kid and being free, which is exactly how I want my subjects to be.

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
All I do is work. I’ve dedicated my entire life to photographs. In some weird twisted way I think that becomes a conflict for me because all the people that are involved in my life are also a part of my photos. I can’t separate my life from my artwork and I feel like that’s a problem I have to work out.

You shoot a lot of film. How many shots does it take to make one good photo?
I haven’t figured out the ratio, but when it comes to photography and making a photo that I’m happy with, it’s all about excess. Shooting and shooting and shooting, and the subject doing the action over and over and over.

I really have no clue how to use cameras or lighting. I never formally studied photography. I studied graphic design, so I’m very makeshift with lights and I’m constantly looking at my cameras trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m also a master at breaking cameras. I’m always getting them wet or dropping them. What I really like is when things are easy and the camera is just an extension of my hand.



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The series with Jake Boyle...

Jake (Golden) 2003

Jake (Floor) 2004

Jake (Sleeping Final) 2004

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Oh! I really love his work, thanks for sharing !

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One more for BerlinRocks ...

Jake (Cannes) 2005


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This guy is amazing.

I love cornbread so much, I wanna go behind the middle school and get it pregnant
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He IS amazing. Here's one of the man himself with Craig McDean at he International Center of Photography's Awards Gala


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Wellingtons are a photographer’s best friend, trust me.
well, now i know why i can't get amazing photos...
i will buy wellingtons tomorrow

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