Friday, April 18, 2008

Justin Quinn

Justin Quinn

"The distance between reading and seeing has been an ongoing interest for me. Since 1998 I have been exploring this space through the use of letterforms, and have used the letter E as my primary starting point for the last two years. Since E is often found at the top of vision charts, I questioned what I saw as a familiar hierarchy. Was this letter more important than other letters? E is, after all, the most commonly used letter in the English language, it denotes a natural number (2.71828), and has a visual presence that interests me greatly. In my research E has become a surrogate for all letters in the alphabet. It now replaces the other letters and becomes a universal letter (or Letter), and a string of Es now becomes a generic language (or Language). This substitution denies written words their use as legible signifiers, allowing language to become a vacant parallel Language— a basis for visual manufacture.After months of compiling Es into abstract compositions through various systemic arrangements, I started recognizing my studio time as a quasi-monastic experience. "
"There was something sublime about both the compositions that I was making and the solitude in which they were made. It was as if I were translating some great text like a subliterate medieval scribe would have years ago—with no direct understanding of the source material. The next logical step was to find a source. Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, a story rich in theology, philosophy, and psychosis provides me with a roadmap for my work, but also with a series of underlying narratives. My drawings, prints, and collages continue to speak of language and the transferal of information, but now as a conduit to Melville’s sublime narratives. "

Galería de Justin Quinn


Padre Fortea said...

Magnífico blog el suyo. Muy muy bueno. Si sabe de algún calígrafo en Madrid (España) le agradeceré que me lo diga.
Mientras tanto le doy el link a mi propia galería, un hobby sin pretensiones

miguel said...

Saludos. He estado echándole un vistazo a alguno de sus posts, en concreto a los tres de la sección "libros" y me gustaría, si no es molestia, que me dijese el título y autor de algún libro de caligrafía sencilla, básicamente para mejorar la letra y el pulso.

Le dejo mi dirección de correo electrónico:

Saludos y gracias.

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