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David Franchi – Thursday, 27th August 2015
Marc Quinn surprised with The Toxic Sublime and Frozen Waves exhibition, at the White Cube Gallery, London.
For Marc Quinn, this fresh work is the first at the White Cube, London, since years. The exhibition at the White Cube of London is the result of two years of study Quinn has made into natural phenomena and our complicated relationship with the environment.
This exhibition is the Quinn’s first at White Cube, London, since 2010. ‘Toxic Sublime’ is a series of unclear seascapes made of spray paint, aeronautical grade aluminium tape and acrylic on canvas, bonded to twisted aluminium, an attempt of make a three -dimension located between painting and sculpture. More interesting is, instead, ‘Frozen Waves’, a series of arched sculpture, made on stainless steel, including one measuring over 7m long.
‘The Toxic Sublime’ series present a particular technique. Firstly, Quinn submits a photograph on canvas of a sunrise to a process of violent alteration. The photograph is first sanded and taped, then spray-painted through various templates comprising flotsam and jetsam gathered from the beach. Once this process is complete, the artist takes the canvas out onto London streets and introduces the impressions of drain covers into the surface of the work – evocative of water man control in the cities while it is free in the ocean. The degraded seascapes are finally bonded to a sheet of aluminium, to be pummelled and contorted by Quinn to create sculptural hybrid objects, comprising both formal elements of classical landscape painting and suggestion of wrecking.
In the moment before they disappear and become sand, all conch shells end up in an analogous shape – an arch that looks like a wave. In ‘Frozen Waves’ series, Quinn catch the time and tide archaic action by using the most recent three-dimensional technology. There is a reference to the science of fluid dynamics too. Copied and extracted on different scales, and then cast in stainless steel or concrete, the result is similar to a sculpture of a wave yet also something primordial and ambiguous.
Marc Quinn is born on 8th January 1964 in London. He is a member of the loose group known as the Young British
Artists. He is better known for ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’, a sculpture of Alison Lapper which has been installed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square. He is also known for ‘Self’, a sculpture of his head made with his own frozen blood, and ‘Garden’ (2000). In his work of art, Quinn has used both conventional sculpture material, but also blood, ice and faeces. His work occasionally refers to scientific developments.
Marc Quinn is internationally renowned and his works are exhibited in several museums across the world, including Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery (London), Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), Berardo Collection Museum (Lisbon), Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
The exhibition ‘Toxic Sublime’ and ‘Frozen Waves’ by Marc Quinn is at the White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey, London, from 15th July until 13th September 2015.