Bryan McGinnisState of the Art is a two part exhibition. This solo show includes McGinnis’ Projects, President and Man Made. The exhibition bonds both collections with emphasis on the identity of American president. Historic and American subject matters are frequently explored throughout his work, for it serves as a learning tool. The research is just as important and valuable to the art as the paint is to the canvas.
Project President is a series of painting paper cut-outs. Each piece portrays a separate president using acrylic paint, paper, and a combination of negative and positive space. The paintings transform from abstract designs to geometric recognizable figures. The ramification of lines and deliberate pairings of layers are based on juxtaposition of colors and occasionally content. Project President is a playful interplay between solid and void spaces that delicately create a visual performance. For McGinnis, Project President is a labor of love. While little technology is dependent for this series, the physical impact of cutting each line is extensive; however, the manual actions take you back to a time where tools were found in a box and not on a computer.
Man Made is a series of inkblot-like designs depicting late American icons such as John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. The inkblot formations are arranged over densely textured fields of obscure rock-like shapes as well as gritty sand. The materials enhance a vision of complex masculine qualities, which serve to further build upon an appreciation of his own masculine identity.
Bryan is from Levittown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as the first modern suburb of the United States. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Lycoming College with concentrations in Painting and Photography. His interests in art came at a young age where he was then able to train his talents and pursue an education and life style within the arts.
Bryan’s art is highly influenced by American History. Mostly concentrating with historic American politics, he paints with respect and an objective to acquire the realistic American beginnings that were often sugarcoated in his public education. Many of his works center on American presidents. Various other presidents are finding themselves incorporated in his work as he expends outside of his comfort circle.
Bryan’s pieces can be described as representational, conceptual, abstract and contemporary. He is able to tie together both ideological and personal beliefs and distort them in multi-layered conceptual pieces. The finished composition is playful in a sense that he enjoys approaching his work by accumulating mediums at the surface. His artistic style often differs in medium, yet stays conceptually historically based. Bryan does not limit his mediums, instead he diversifies his pieces with: acrylic paints, ink, photography, and ceramics.