12 September to 30 November 2014
CAC Málaga presents 'Violence and Serenity', the first major solo museum exhibition in Spain by Marc Quinn's. Featuring 50 works produced since 2010, some never before seen, the exhibition includes installation, sculpture, painting and tapestries.
The exhibition centres around a new body of worked entitled 'The Toxic Sublime' – distorted landscapes that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. In the 'Creation of History' series, which comprises oil paintings on canvas and jacquard tapestries, Quinn returns to an ancient form of art – the history painting – but brings it up to date. In these works, he selects images of recent conflict drawn from news media – such as those of masked rioters in Istanbul, protesters in Rio de Janeiro, and anti-austerity demonstrators in Greece – and transfers them to large-scale canvases. The theme of history, as well as identity, continues to be explored through Quinn's 'Eye of History' series – highly enlarged detail-paintings of human the human iris.
The notion of mortality, as well as an exploration of the convention of still life are at play in Quinn's 'flesh paintings'. Slabs of meat are painted in extreme close-up, so as to reveal their intricate surface patterns, creating a tension between a patterned beauty and a visceral repulsion. A new series of sculptures render joints of meat, carved out of precious minerals, inspired by the meat sculptures of the Ch'ing dynasty.
Marc Quinn: Violence and Serenity
CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
C/ Alemania, s/n 29001 Malaga Spain
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Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 8pm
The Beauty of Healing (2014)
Artwork & photo: © Marc Quinn Courtesy Marc Quinn studio