Why E? New Chapters by Justin Quinn and Tara Thacker - Sculpture
– April 12, 2007
Opening reception on Thursday, March
8 from 5 to 7pm
"Deaf, illiterate and self-trained, and with a perspective all his own" (exerpt)
Kenneth Baker, Saturday, March 24, 2007 (SF Chronicle)
MMGalleries (formerly Michael Martin Galleries) is pleased to announce
the opening of their new exhibition featuring new chapters by Justin Quinn, and a selection of Tara Thacker’s
porcelain sculptures. Quinn translates his
personal obsessions into exquisitely subtle artworks that explore,
amplify, and ultimately celebrate, the single
element, the ordinary, and the repetitive. Thacker’s monochromatic
porcelain sculptures, gathered to create
fields and landscapes, possess a tactile yet abstract, quality.
Why E? New Chapters by Justin Quinn
Justin Quinn continues to explore the distance between reading and
seeing through the use of the letter E. This
letter has become a surrogate for all letters in the alphabet, presenting
a universal yet unreadable language. By
transcribing Herman Melville’s epic Moby Dick into this simplified
system, we see the transformation of a classic text
into strings of letterforms that are at once majestic and impulsive.
Using specific chapters as sources for the works transforms Melville’s
writings into labyrinthine and spiraling compositions that call to mind Captain Ahab’s monomaniacal quest
for the White Whale. Since 1998 Quinn has been
exploring this space through the use of letterforms, and has used
the letter E as his primary starting point.
Justin Quinn currently lives and works in St. Cloud, Minnesota,
where he is Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the
Saint Cloud State University. Since 1999, Quinn's works on paper
have been included in over eighty exhibitions, both
national and international. His teaching, his exhibitions, and
his role as a moderator and panelist at national conferences currently make Quinn one of the most brilliant figure
Justin Quinn, Chapter 55, 56 or 9,200 times E
Sculptures - Tara Thacker
Tara Thacker’s works in porcelain are abstractions, referencing
the natural world. Repetitive labor is central to her process. The works begin with a single element that, once multiplied
and combined, reveals new, unexpected possibilities. Tara Thacker is the Head of the Sculpture Department
at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.
Tara Thacker, Detail, , ""Landscape"", Porcelain
and steel, 12 x 12"