Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...
Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Perrotin is pleased to present The Other Side, Barry McGee's first exhibition with the gallery. Featuring a selection of new works, ephemera, and archival materials from the San Francisco-based artist, The Other Side showcases McGee's ever-evolving, often humorous, imagery through his characteristic depictions of varied environments and social vernaculars. The show will also mark the artist's first solo exhibition in the region, where part of his heritage lies. McGee, who is American-born, is of partial Chinese descent.
McGee is seen as a leading figure of the Mission School, an artistic movement that developed in San Francisco's eponymous district in the 1990s. The artists associated with this movement took their influences from urban realism, Op Art, and American folk art, and placed a strong focus on community and social activism.
Throughout his career, McGee has assumed various artistic personas, usually in conjunction with monikers—Twist, Lydia Fong, Ray Pimple, among others. Through the confluence of these practices, McGee has developed an idiosyncratic and diverse visual language of stylized lettering, colorful geometric patterns, and recognizable faces. These elements pervade McGee's paintings and drawings in their various renditions as multi-panel canvases, groupings of framed works, and the artist's signature 'boil' installation, comprised of hundreds of framed works bulging out from the gallery wall in a display of absurdity and abundance.
Known for creating immersive environments, McGee adopts a fluid and improvisational approach to his installations; each is unique to the architecture of its exhibition space. By incorporating an eclectic selection of media—painted surfboards, hand-thrown ceramics, obsolete television sets—and found objects sourced during his stay in Hong Kong, McGee demonstrates his organic and often unpredictable process of art making. The spontaneity of The Other Side is evocative of the artist's ongoing dialogue with the neighborhoods in which he resides and his sustained interest in the distinctions between public and private spaces. The result is an inclusive experience that gives insight into McGee's worldview and his artistic trajectory.
Born in San Francisco, California in 1966, Barry McGee received his BFA in painting and printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art,, Boston, MA; and Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan. McGee's works are included in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA.
A zine dedicated to this exhibition will be available for sale at the gallery during the exhibition period.
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