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Tate Liverpool Exhibit (05:02)


Marc Quinn's artwork attempts to examine being a living being in a physical world. Time continually moves forward. The artist discusses his amputee plaster sculptures; a hero is someone who conquers their disabilities.

Exhibit Organization (04:54)

The first room contains drawings and sculptures that examine birth; the works are not fully formed but in process. "Lucas" is portrait of Quinn's son as a baby using the placenta as the medium. "Self" is a series of sculptures made from Quinn's blood.

Frozen Flowers (02:59)

The flowers in "Eternal Spring (Sunflowers) II" will eventually perish. The Nepenthes pods used in "Flask" are external stomachs that catch and digest flies. Quinn discusses his interest in learning when food becomes a part of a person.

DNA Inspiration (03:01)

Quinn discusses his interest in working with genetic material. Pieces highlighted include "Self Conscious," "Family Portrait (Cloned DNA)," and "DNA Garden." Love is stronger than biology.

Garden Images (02:57)

Pieces include "Italian Landscape 6," "Italian Landscape 10," "Reconstruction Site," and "Italian Landscape 5." Photographs have a finite life span because they are dye-based.

Recent Artwork (06:41)

Pieces highlighted include "Etymology of Morphology." "Coaxial Planck Density," "No Visible Means of Escape IV," and "Study for Approaching Planck Density." The "Shit Paintings" are about embodiment and can be looked at as expressing oppression or freedom. Quinn likes to do what is unexpected and accessible.

Credits: Mark Quinn (00:28)

Credits: Mark Quinn

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Marc Quinn remains best known for his sculptures cast from parts of his body. The first of these, Self (initially cast in 1991), was created with nine pints of his frozen blood. Yet, as this profile demonstrates, his art over the past decade has embraced an exciting and diverse range of materials, including lead, ice, wax, glass, frozen flowers and even DNA. His sculptures include both figurative and semi-abstract forms, but each engages with his key preoccupations: life and mortality, self and identity, nature and the world of science. His drawings and photographs similarly teem with ideas about being alive – and about facing death – in today’s world. In this profile, Marc Quinn speaks eloquently and thoughtfully about many of his key works, including his recent series of classical marble portraits of amputees and people born without limbs, as well as the moving portrait of his son Lucas as a baby modelled from frozen placenta. Contains imagery that some audience may find objectionable. Viewer discretion advised. 

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL194715

ISBN: 978-1-64867-361-0

Copyright date: ©2003

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