Thursday, September 13th, 2012
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1037 J Street, San Diego, California 92101
$5 dollars at the door (MCASD & SEZIO Members receive free admission)
Ryan McGinness along with moderator Hugh Davies of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will discuss his most current body of work Women along with insight into his new solo exhibition opening at Quint Contemporary Art on Saturday, September 15th from 6 to 9PM.
Based on figure drawings from life models, McGinness’ Women series captures the essence of beauty in its simplicity of form. He explains, “Two parallel desires drive these new Women drawings: My desire to simplify and iconify the underlying visually logical geometries inherent in my figure drawings in order to better understand my subject matter; and my desire to embrace and capture the purely aesthetic experience of graceful curves and sensual forms inherent in my models.”
Throughout art history, artist have explored the idea of beauty through the use of the female nude. In contemporary art, the idea of this historically male gaze has been explored and questioned. McGinness addresses this idea of the male gaze by collecting visual data from his models and then rendering them oblique through a process of reduction and distillation to elemental forms. McGinness’ iconic drawings speak to the viewer more than to the raw nature of the female nude.
The evening will begin at 7:30pm. This event is open to all ages, and will cost $5 dollars at the door (MCASD & SEZIO Members receive free admission).