The fifth mural in the La Jolla Murals series is easy to see and find. It covers the horizontal span of a wall facing a parking lot and can be seen from Herschel Avenue. Actually, unlike a couple of previous murals, it’s hard to miss.
It is a digital print on Sintra panels stretched on aluminum frames. It’s black with geometric figures in vivid colors. And it is six feet, 8 inches high and 40 feet 7 inches long. It’s called 53 Women.
Ryan McGinness explains that he works to “iconify the underlying visually logical geometries inherent in my figure drawings . . .and capture the purely aesthetic experience of graceful curves and sensual forms inherent in my models.” Okay. We can see that. On his web page he has a book shelf with books he has written. One is Flatness is God. Okay. We can see that, too.
McGinness also says, “These drawings are my version of what is sexy.” Okay. Fifty-three nudes, bright, iconic, stretched over 40 feet. I guess it is.
I talked to a fellow across the street from the mural. He said reactions are mixed to the mural. And a couple of comments from passersby were negative. Put something sexy on a long wall and that figures.
The four previous murals are non-confrontational. Baldessarri’s is hard to see, and it’s a plam tree and brain cloud. Anya Gallaccio’s is an electron microscope image of a grain of sand. Kim MacConnel’s and Roy MacMakins’ are pure color designs. This one is definitely an “in your face” mural. It reminds me of stencil street art by such artists as Blek Le Rat and Banksy. Clear cut images in unexpected places.
Makes you wake up.