Justin Quinn, brought to you by the letter E
|From Untitled, by Justin Quinn|
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Justin Quinn's Deeper Wonders than the Waves is a series of drawings, photocopies of drawings, letterpress books, and mixed-media work that all have one thing in common: the letter E. There are thousands of Es that make up the building blocks of the pieces, including upside down Es, sideways Es, Es that are clumped together, Es strewn about, Es spiraled, Es made to look like creatures, like flowers, like water, and Es melted into abstraction.
|Worlds with Side Worlds' by Justin Quinn|
|'Left Hand Tower' by Justin Quinn|
It's the Untitled photocopies that are the most fascinating, however, because they have nothing but the letters and the space between the letters to create the images. The works are at times whimsical, and at times reminiscent of some nightmare. They look like poetry, and it's tempting to try to guess what the words used to say before they were transformed. Like watching physical theater in another language, you get the gist of the text's meaning by the visual expression, the formation of words give new meaning to the words that once existed.
IF YOU GO:
Showing along with "U.N.P.A.C. (Uniform Non-Coding Parallax Autostereogrammic Cyclopti-cryptograms)" by Luke Aleckson
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Through September 30, 2012
There will be artists' talks at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 16