In his latest book, Life Adjustment Center, Ryan McGinley combines his latest bodies of work into one seamless manifestation of his imaginative and carefree spirit. Published by Dashwood Books, the hardcover accompanies his latest show at Ratio 3 in San Francisco, and its mesmerizing 44 pages send you into a tumbling return to Neverland euphoria where naked youth and mystical beasts in both studio and outdoor settings appear side-by-side.
The fauna of the wilderness, in the mighty forms of wolves, deer, owls, tarantulas and chinchillas, make their way into his in-studio portraiture that harkens back to the black-and-white nudes in “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”. The control and precision of studio practice are then contrasted with the spontaneous elements of the artist's outdoor photography, in which youth roams free during notorious summer road trips.
Whether you'd rather observe a youthful nymph in a rustic setting or in the simpler setting of the studio, you can indulge in the pages of this book, whose sleek blue cover and red font give it the feel of a 1950s yearbook.