Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7-10 p.m. AXIOM CONTEMPORARY 2801 Main St. Santa Monica CA 90405 www.axiomcontemporary.com Ryan McCann’s work is much more than a play on words, it is a play on our universal lexicon, which is steeped in symbolism, metaphor and meta-psychologies. The early 20thcentury philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, once stated that all language has rules, much like a football game, and must be understood in this context in order to communicate the deeper meaning of our subconscious. McCann, who almost began a career as a professional football player, knows these deeply complex linguistic strategies well and uses them in his new exhibition, ‘Use Your Words’, which incorporates a number of text-based works within this milieu. A native of Los Angeles, McCann grew up immersed in the etymological and ethnographic landscape of billboards and highway advertising. There is pleasure and immediate gratification on the surface, but this is only a ruse. Like the Cool School of artists before him, namely Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, McCann uses imagery and language for the sake implementing dueling contradictions that demonstrate the empty desires of the American Dream. For further press/sales information: info@axiomcontemporary.com