Marc Quinn is one of the Young British Artists – that loose grouping of artists who began exhibiting together in the late 1980‘s – like Damien Hirst, Tracey Ermin, the Chapman Brothers, Michael Landy and Gavin Turk. Shock value is the obvious conclusion that you see and take from this group of artists who are always forging ahead. As demanding as that sometimes can be – if we look deeper and understand the message, this group tells a very poignant story of life in our time.
But we shouldn’t also forget the shock value of great artists of past centuries like Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Goya.
Marc Quinn really became a household name as a result of the 13 metre tall version of his sculpture of disabled artist Alison Lapper that was the centrepiece of the 2012 London Paralympics. This followed the original art work that graced the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square London in 2005. For the Venice exhibition, a 1,100 cm inflatable version of the sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant sits on a plinth alongside the Chiesa de San Giorgio on the Isola di San Giorgio – on the Guidecca Canal opposite Piazza San Marco.
This exhibition is an in-depth survey of Marc Quinn’s work – 50 of his works – including the public debut of at least 15 new works.
From the well-known works like Self – another work that created notoriety for Quinn in Britain when the artist used nine pints of his own blood to fill a life size cast of his own head -
to his works in oil that are so real they appear to be photos -
to his works that give an insight into current social issues and how society/culture is today, like Zombie Boy -
and large scale sculpture works like Evolution (2005-07) adapted for Isola di San Giorgio, ten substantial marble sculptures represent foetuses at different stages of gestation. Displayed in the Squero, a former boat factory, these sculptures evoke forms of life emerging from the Venice lagoon just nearby.
Marc Quinn is intensely interested in the human body and social issues of our time and that’s reflected in most of his works. He’s a contemporary artist who keeps on creating works that challenge our view of art in the world we live in and this exhibition is a concise survey of his work. Check out this exhibition – Marc Quinn at Fondazione Cini in Venice until 29th September 2013.