Andrea McGinty

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Artist Statement

Provocative texts flash across iPhone screens as private admissions are recounted unapologetically in rapidly looping videos. (Img 14-16, Vid 17) Set to soothing meditation music, and layered over calming nature videos, burning incense and flickering candles, the narratives fight to connect themselves to a vague notion of spirituality. Presented casually on iPhones plugged into outlets as if left to charge, the viewer first encounters the videos as a voyeur eavesdropping on a stranger’s text message. When the phones reveal themselves as installations, the relationship to the viewer shifts. Our familiarity with smartphones as a major source of information and entertainment transforms the iPhones into neutral platforms of communication. Our comfort with these devices creates an intimate experience. Written in the first person, the viewer is forced to internalize the statements as they read, and in turn, relate them to their own feelings of shame. Modeled after tweets, text messages, and Facebook status updates, the fragments of thoughts can be easily trivialized, though these systems have become a frequent and important means of discourse. By channeling the methods through which we mediate our connections to the world, my videos allow viewers to examine their own complicated reality.

God, I Don’t Even Know Your Name (Img 12-13) is an erotic novella published in March 2015 by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited. The story follows a young artist named Eva as she finds herself in rehab after her successful art career takes a plunge. In search of sober strength and spiritual recovery, she escapes to an artist residency in the European countryside, but instead of serenity she finds a series of emotionally trying romantic trysts facilitated by a dating app called Bangly. Throughout the novella, Eva’s relationship with addiction, and the success of her recovery through 12 step programs and new age religious practices are playfully questioned. God evokes sexual fantasy as a method to transcend, confirm, or subvert personal politics. Language can subtly reflect our societal conditions when filtered through intimate relationships, but provides, at best, an imperfect articulation. In this novella I use tropes of erotic fiction to reveal underlying notions of agency, power, guilt, and shame. I update literary conventions by integrating current issues such as online dating, financial instability, and postfeminism.

In Believe (Img 4-5) a graphic tank top repeating the words “inspire”, “empower”, “create”, “achieve”, and “believe” is hung from a garment rack and stuffed with brightly colored plastic back scratchers. Once together, the seemingly disparate elements (an inspirational fitness top, a common household organizer, and a dollar store comfort item) take on a unified sense of desperation, as if randomly combining elements could somehow amplify their beneficial effects. Humidifiers dressed in custom sewn, brightly colored crop tops marketed to teen girls are emblazoned with shallow, positive phrases such as “Good Vibes”, “Stay Positive, and “Be Nice or Go Away”. (Img 1-3, 6-10) The apparel sourced from discount juniors clothing shops and household therapeutic objects are tied together as ambiguous signifiers of physical and mental health. Meticulously, yet awkwardly handsewn, the blindly positive decorative covers embody a sense of compulsion. The functional humidifiers create a cool mist, changing the atmosphere of the room. As moisture changes the density of the air the space becomes overwhelmingly humid. These flawed, superstitious devices remind the viewer that we can do our best to assimilate to our immediate environment but larger problems can’t be as easily assuaged.

 

CV

andreamcgintyart.com

b. 1985
lives and works in New York City, USA

EDUCATION
2014 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, MFA Fine Arts
2007 Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, BA Art History

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015
High Tide, Philadelphia, PA solo exhibition (forthcoming)
HotelArt. us, Internet/New York, NY solo exhibition (forthcoming)
Sight, Site, Cite , Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)
Bounce Castle , Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
Mingled Bodies , Vanity Projects, New York, NY, curated by Jovana Stokic
Plus One , Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Colors , Louis B. James, New York, NY
lifecreep, Papa John’s Projects, Facebook/Internet, solo exhibition
New Release, 60 Mulberry St, New York, NY, curated by Erin Goldberger
happiness is overrated lol jk, 5 Sutton Street, Brooklyn, NY, solo exhibition
Gezellig , Achter de Boom, New York, NY
Nonprojections for New Lovers , Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Ice Storm , The Willows, Brooklyn, NY
Beverly’s at Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

2014
Bye, Felicia , BHQFU, New York, NY
The Night of the Lost Art , Akranes Museum Center, Akranes, Iceland
Urban View , Periscope, Salzburg, Austria
Between Two Thoughts , SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY
Double Take, Youme Haus, Brooklyn, NY
Homefront , Visual Arts Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY, curated by Jovana Stokic
Beaver, The Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY

2013
Balloon Ball , Beverly’s, New York, NY
Body Dirt , The Refrigerator, Richmond, VA
Antithesis , Active Space, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Omar Lopez Chahoud
NOW , FUSE Art Infrastructure, Allentown, PA
Conversation Drivers, Tracx Gallery Space, New York, NY

2012
Dark City, The Refrigerator, Richmond, VA

2011
Other Possible Titles, Grizzly Grizzly Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

FILM FESTIVALS/SCREENINGS

2015
Tutorial , LaAgencia, Bogotá, Columbia
The Situation Room, Los Angeles, CA
Night of art and Art, The Commune at 1605, Washington, DC

2014
Nitehawk Shorts Festival , Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
Fun For Summer , CoWorker Projects, New York, NY
Quarterly Arts Soiree , Webster Hall, New York, NY

2013
New Years Eve , Beverly’s Project Space, New York, NY
Video Art Program , Select Fair, Miami, FL
Quarterly Arts Soiree , Webster Hall, New York, NY
Media Lounge , CAA Annual Conference, New York, NY
Transmediation , Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Micol Hebron

2012
Artist Film Club, Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Caryn Coleman

PRIZES AND AWARDS

2014
The Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
SVA Alumni Scholarship Award

2013
School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts Award

RESIDENCIES

2014 Arteles Creative Residency Program, Finland

PUBLICATIONS

2015
“OK Cupid”, Alt/Process Magazine, Issue 1
“God, I Don’t Even Know Your Name”, New York: Badlands Unlimited, 2015, Print and Ebook

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015
Indrisek, Scott, “S**t My Cats Read: A Feline Conversation With Andrea McGinty”, Modern Painters , July/August
Messinger, Kate, “Can’t Hardly Wait for Summer”, Paper Magazine , June 26
Sturgeon, Jonathon, “17 Unrepentantly Trashy Beach Reads for 2015”, Flavorwire , May 22
Gross, Jessica, “Finding a Haven for Taboo Fantasies in Erotica”, Hyperallergic , May 7
Berardini, Andrew, “Art About Fucking”, Mousse Magazine , Issue 48, April 15
Mlotek, Haley, “New Lovers”, The Hairpin , April 14
Indrisek, Scott, “S**t My Cats Read: A Feline Conversation With Andrea McGinty”, Blouin ArtInfo , March 30
Pollack, Barbara, “Talking With Guggenheim Artist Paul Chan About Fame, Failure, Politics”, New York Observer , March 23
“New Lovers”, The Aesthete , March 13
Sturgeon, Jonathon, “The Cultural Triumph of Erotica in 2015”, Flavorwire , March 12
Legault, Paul, “Badlands Unlimited Launches Public Exploration of Cum”, Art F City , March 11
Diamond Hamer, Katy, “New Lovers of Paul Chan”, W Magazine , March 11
Munkonge, Mandalena, “Artist Paul Chan on Breaking New Ground”, Dazed Digital , March 11
McClure, Kelly, “First Time Erotica Writers Hit the GSpot”, Bedford and Bowery , March 11
“Andrea McGinty”, We Find Wildness , March 10
Krasinski, Jennifer, “New Lovers: An Interview with Paul Chan”, The Paris Review , March 10
Lam, Karen, “A Little Less 50 Shades”, The Wild Magazine , March 9
Cotter, Holland, “Every Installation Needs a Shoe”, The New York Times , February 28
Haramis, Nicholas, “Smutty Books for Smart People”, T Magazine , February 24
Santos, Cheryl, “Siete cámaras desechables en Material Art Fair”, iD, February 17

2014
“ Short Fest Midnite Q&A: ‘McDreamy’ Director Andrea McGinty”, Hatched , November 21
Vartanian, Hrag, “Art Rx”, Hyperallergic , January 21

2013
“Antithesis Group Show at The Active Space”, NY Arts Magazine , October 21
McClure, Kelly, “Andrea McGinty at SVA Open Studios ” , Bust Magazine , April 27
Artist Feature, “Conversation Reenactment”, Gigantic Magazine , Issue 5

CURATORIAL

2015
Pure Potentiality , Achter de Boom, New York, NY (forthcoming)
The Future is Whatever, Nitehawk Cinemas, Brooklyn, NY
Humor and the Abject , BHQFU, New York NY

2013
Time Base , Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY