I like America and America Likes Me, 2007
24-5/8 x 26-3/4 inches (62.5 x 67.9 cm)
Ged Quinn's FOCUS exhibition was in the spring of 2012. He lives and works in Cornwall, England.
Quinn's paintings combine landscapes in the vein of Claude Lorrain with fragments of history, art history, and mythology. The works are awe-inspiring in their combination of painterly skills and provocative conceptual strains. Sublime backgrounds meet broken-down foregrounds, and at all turns utopian ideals are acknowledged and critiqued. Death, deceit, and decay are also dragged into the frame. For the Director's Council auction, Quinn presents two Polymer photogravure prints, I Like America & America Likes Me, 2007, and Father Don't You See That I Am Burning, 2012. The style of the prints and the addition of sepia spotted paper foxing give both prints a timeworn appearance, yet they retain the surreal and unsettling qualities Quinn is best known for. I Like America & America Likes Me features a depiction of a water spaniel with an outline of the United States in its fur. The title of Quinn's work refers to Joseph Beuys's 1974 performance where he locked himself in a New York gallery for several days with only a felt blanket, flashlight, copies of the Wall Street Journal, and live coyote to symbolize Native American spirituality that has been lost through Western colonization. Quinn's image of the dog originates from a 1788 George Stubbs painting, Brown and White Norfolk or Water Spaniel, which was created two years after the United States' independence from Britain. The kitten featured in Father Don't You See That I Am Burning is accompanied with a cross and crown of thorns, referring to the martyrdom of Christ. The work's title also alludes to a Sigmund Freud case study, in which a man dreamed that his son was burning.
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