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
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麥吉生於美國，有部分華人血統。他被視為90年代於三藩市崛起 的教會區藝術派的首領人物。與派別相屬的藝術家向城市現實主 義、歐普藝術及美國民俗藝術汲取靈感，創作的作品均反映對社 區和社會行動的關注。
麥吉在藝術生涯中使用多個別名，當中包括Twist、Lydia Fong及 Ray Pimple，以多樣化的創作建立獨特而豐富的視覺語言，當中包括個 性字體、彩色幾何圖案，以及眾所週知的肖像。這些元素貫穿麥 吉的畫作和紙本作品，不論是多面版畫、裝裱作品，以至麥吉著 名的「沸騰」裝置。「沸騰」裝置由數以百計的裝裱畫組成，從 牆壁隆起，表示著城市的豐裕和荒唐。
麥吉以營造令人身臨其境的裝置聞名，透過靈活和即興的方式創 作，令每個裝置為該展覽場地所獨有。他選取創作媒介不拘一格， 展出的包括彩繪滑浪板、手作陶瓷、老舊電視機以及留港期間搜 集的現成物，顯示其藝術創作的變幻莫測 《彼岸》亦反映藝術 家與身處的都市環境之間的對話，以及延續他對公共和私人空間 分野的探索。是次展覽可視為麥吉世界觀的縮影，讓觀者從中管 窺其創作軌跡 。
BARRY MCGEE 貝瑞·麥吉 :: THE OTHER SIDE 彼岸
Exhibition Dates: OCTOBER 10 – NOVEMBER 9, 2019 / 展覽 | 2019年10月10日至11月9日
Opening: THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 2019 from 6PM – 8PM / 開幕 | 10月10日（週四）晚上6時至8時
PERROTIN HONG KONG
17/F 50 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL – HONG KONG