Quinn Pictures • Jonathan Quinn

Introductions: attempting to avoid opprobrium. I'm hoping these artworks and insights will be both entertaining and educational. However, if you find that the content misleads or distracts; consider it escapism. If the content seems boring, overly pedantic, riddled with inaccuracies insults or is just plain pretentious; consider it thought-provoking. Think of this paragraph as a disclaimer.

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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

Photography: Museum=Death

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 the 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 hotography is always about the past.

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, January 23, 2011


2nd Avenue, 5, 6, 7, 8

Morris Gershwin bought Ira a piano but he showed no interest so George became the family pianist. On delivery, the hallway in the building at 103 2nd avenue was too narrow for the instrument and it had to be hauled by pully from the roof and swung into the living room through the front window of their apartment

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In September of 2009 Inglourious Basterds was playing at the cinema in Berchtesgarden, not too far from the local synagogue. Notice how the swastika was blacked out on the poster. Its illegal to publicly display a swastika in Germany.