Quinn Pictures • Jonathan Quinn

An approach to an art-making practice and vision for our time.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

North Pole

A digital representation of 90.000˚ N, 0.0000˚ W
from an unspecified time in the not-too-distant past.
A rectangle 400 pixels by 600 pixels, #fffffff

Monday, July 14, 2014

Right Now


This is a photograph taken with an iPhone looking out an airplane window. It shows the Atlantic ocean from about 2000 feet –comprising an area less than a square mile. The shutter speed is approximately 1/125th of a second. In that incredibly short amount of time, in this extremely small piece of a vast ocean we can see the potential for hundreds of watery, sea-foam paintings. Within this one instant I've highlighted five possible frames in red. What we see here ( ironically through the conduit of photography) is inferred evidence that when gazing at a foamy, watery painting you are looking, through an apparatus of paint-on-surface, --not so much a representation of the past but a window onto the now.

See The post called: Two Small Paintings

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuning Fork


















Wood, Aluminum, Plexiglass and photograph
18X11, 2014

Sea foam


Something/Nothing in the Mist,
June, 2014, 24 X22, Acrylic on Belgian linen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two Icebergs or two images of the same iceberg?


Iceberg One and Two: 2014
Acrylic on treated plywood
24X30 each panel (24X63 total)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CNN Headline: Malasia Flight 370


A quote from the above CNN story:
"Stephen Wood, a former CIA analyst and satellite imagery expert, said the satellites could be seeing something as simple as whitecaps, which he said can look deceptively like solid objects."

Monday, March 24, 2014

1. Post-Irony


Donald Judd, Richard Serra and the rest of them presented a community of artists with a dilemma that many saw as a dead end - a modernist endgame to be either sidestepped or endlessly restated. It was as if Minimalism either never happened or was in need of revisionMany artist's bold rejection explored formalist aesthetics and revisited earlier tropes --we saw reinterpretations of well-established artistic practices while others attempted to reconfigure and elaborate on the essence of the Minimalist agenda. For me the dilemma was about how both a rejection or embrace is fraught with discursive irony. Judd's boxes cast a long shadow and to hide behind that shadow or pretend its not there only reinforces its imposing presence –embracing the endgame it implies.

1975: While I was in art school a new and exciting response was happening –documentary art. The evidence of earthworks, performance art and installations became more important than the activities they recorded. The artifacts of what was ephemeral or inaccessible foregrounded document-making as a worthy endeavor -on its own. The Robert Smithson film about the Spiral Jetty (1970) became a touchstone because the film itself was forced to act as the artwork's phenomenological conduit. The act of representation (shunned by proponents of Minimalism) turned in on itself as the documentary emerged questioning the relationship of artist, audience and object to the creative practice.

A reconfigured function of the document became an art in and of itself --a logical extension of the art-making practice became the formal records. During the mid-70s the John Gibson Gallery in particular championed many new artists who embraced an anti-aesthetic approach to photography. This was powerful stuff to me as I was attempting to subvert the photography making endeavor away from its conventional application --this form embraced photography's most facile application  This to me was of interest but one simple fact gave me suspicions. Photography --a document-- is always about the past.

Artists to consider: Will Insley, Barry Le Va, William Anastasi, Richard Artschwager, Hanna Wilke, Dan Christensen, Elizabeth Murray, Dennis Openheim, Alice Aycock, Bill Beckley , Roger Welch, Les Levine, Mac Adams, Robert Mangold

Friday, March 14, 2014

Photographs of the Past

Teylers Museum Haarlem, NL, Forced Perspective Photography
11X14 archival inkjet series, 2011


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two Small Paintings


A painting can be many things --including as subordinate to a photograph.  This is not my intent. I hope that these paintings stand apart from representational documentation (a photograph) and transcend the constraints of an imprint of a moment from the past.

Somewhere (on a body of water) the confluence of light, water, wind and mist form up in the exact way they appear in the paintings at the moment they are being viewed. The paintings I make are a window onto "the now" while photography, and the opening and closing of a shutter, is always about the what happened before.

Monday, March 10, 2014

More Water Photography

5X7 archival inkjet, 2013

Two states or three?


-(left) Two different snowflakes that look identical
or two different images of the same snowflake.
-(right) Three states of a tuning fork.

Computer drawings, Inkjet poster, 18X24, 2012
(based on drawings from 1976)

Panel/Control Panel


Paint on two wooden panels, 28X24, January 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Ramp and the Wheel

2014, Mixed Media, 30"X40"
It appears as if the wheel rolled down the ramp as the camera made its exposure –capturing the instant it starts to pick up speed. Or, has the wheel remained stationary and the camera was positioned at an angle? Either way –photography is about the past.

Measuring Time


Photography is about the past, Museum Diorama, 2014
Archival Inkjet, 24X36

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wooden Icebergs




Red Oak Wall Reliefs,  28"X24" January 2014

Approachable, Constraining, Distancing, Puttering


12X16 Paint on Linen, January 2014

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Early Work: Mid-Seventies

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 Link to work from the 1970s