ged quinn at stephen friedman

26 May 2011 § Leave a comment

I missed posting a preview of Ged Quinn‘s latest show at Stephen Friedman, so here instead is a last-minute warning! The exhibition – his first with Friedman – closes next Wednesday, 1st June 2011 and I recommend that you make every effort to drop in and take a look.

Quinn’s typical works are here as expected: large landscapes with a multiplicity of fragmented narratives that derive from history and myth as well as his own – broad – imagination. Classical traditions and the old master aesthetics are obvious but harder to spot are the multiple references that Quinn drops in, often featuring decay and decrepitude. Play spot-the-reference on each canvas – a gold star for anyone who gets them all.

New (to me) were some smaller portrait works. The same classical landscapes form the backdrop but figures feature much more prominently. The figure ceases to be part of a narrative within the larger work but the subject itself. Rather than being drawn in to his dream world of uncertainties we have a rather more immediate and personal confrontation with the Arcadian ideal. I hope to see more in the future.

Ged Quinn 28 April – 1 June 2011 at Stephen Friedman, 25 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN

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