Ryan McGinness is an artist who lives and works in Manhattan. He is notorious for fun energetic works that consume and subvert commercialism and public domain imagery. His pieces are typically critical of art, the art world, and the differences between art and design.

"flatnessisgod" explores the basic practice of seeing and constructing the second dimension. The pages contain studies, experiments, logo development, layouts, paintings, nyc graffiti converted into corporate logos, art haiku, and mistranslated text from Japanese candy.

The book presents ideas about flatness within the following chapters:

Base:(basic design studies with dots, lines, shapes, proportions).
Image: (studies utilizing reproductions of images).
Taking: (why do we make pictures)?
Reduction:(the simplification of images to their base elements).
Space: (why do we show a depth of field on a flat surface)?
Language: (how and why do we show it)?
Identity: (are you who you say you are)?
Dominance: (are you who they say you are)?
Parts: (the parts make the whole).
Artifact: (album covers and magazine spreads).
Mirror: (reflections).


ISBN 1887128-34-4
8.5" x 11"
254 pp.


A limited-edition CD-ROM companion piece to "flatnessisgod" is being published. It is available for sale in the RSUB Store along with exclusive Ryan McGinness t-shirts.

Edition w/ CD-ROM,$39.95
ISBN 1887128-36-0
8.5" x 11"
212 pp.

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