Nominated by Northwestern University According to Ethan McGinnis, painting is first a confrontation between painting and painter, and second, a confrontation between painting and viewer. A confrontation presupposes the confronter and the confronted. Mentally, the situation is played out a thousand times, and still never realizes itself as imagined. A lacking is always inevitable. McGinnis chooses to be a painter because he needs structures to work against. He needs limitations and rules, preconceived notions, prejudices, and above all, institutions. He needs to break them, in order to reconfigure them. The pieces of the pieces are interchangeable, they perpetually intermingle and coexist. The process is the work, and the work is always in process, until it is not. Ethan McGinnis is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. Image: Maledictus, Fabric, Strainer Bars, The Imprint of a Painted and Broken Mirror, Mirror Shards, Glass Shards, Shredded Artist Statement on Paper, Duct Tape, Masking Tape, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Tempera.