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19.08.2009

 

Alison Jacques Gallery, London : Ryan McGinley presents MOONMILK

This is not the first time that Ryan McGinley is being mentioned on GoSee. This time the occasion is marked by his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom. His latest photos will be on display at the Alison Jacques Gallery from 10 September until 8 October.

As always, the exhibition centres on young people, and they are of course, naked. The 24 motifs were photographed in caves in North America. The title alludes to the crystals that can be found in the caves. Early cave dwellers believed that this substance was formed by light.

McGinley says “there is something prehistoric about a cave that makes one feel comfort and impending doom all in one breath. The air is often thick with dust, humidity and the smell of minerals while the ground is slick clay, or rubble that fell from the ceiling. It is slow going when burdened by the excessive amount of lighting options needed to pull off an 8-hour shoot. Most caves are no more than 50 degrees inside while some house ice that stays intact all year round making it a challenge to endure the long exposures and precarious set ups necessary to shoot with such limited light.”

It is certainly worth mentioning that Ryan avoided commercial caves, and a few of the caves were documented by the New Yorker for the very first time. A book of Ryan’s new work will be published by Morel, to coincide with the show.


RYAN MCGINLEY - MOONMILK

11 September – 8 October 2009
16-18 Berners Street London W1T 3LN
10 am to 6pm, Tues to Sat, or by appointment
Mondays - no dear!


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Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY

Alison Jacques Gallery : RYAN MC GINLEY