Artists: Wols, Eileen Quinlan
Venue: Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
Exhibition Title: Always starts with an encounter
Curated by: Helena Papadopoulos
Date: March 17 – May 8, 2016
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Radio Athènes and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. Photos by Yiannis Hadjiaslanis.
‘…why is there a shadow in a kitchen, there is a shadow in a kitchen because every little thing is bigger’ writes Gertrude Stein under the entry ‘Roastbeef’ in the section “Food” of her 1914 volume Tender Buttons in which she looks at everyday, familiar, unexceptional objects.
Unpacking the photographic images of German born Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (1913-1951), known as Wols, and American artist Eileen Quinlan (*1972) a similar encounter with familiar objects, -cheese, beans, mud, flesh, liquids, cloths, a hand or a face- produces indelible imprints, representations of temporal operations and elemental materiality.
Quinlan and Wols are separated by time, historical circumstances and distinct photographic processes. And yet, their works embody the ambiguity of time, and yet both appear to delegate a part of their process to matter itself, as they travel across several genres: ‘portraits’, ‘abstractions’, ‘fashion photographs’ and ‘still lives’.
‘Always still to come, always in the past already, always present- …………“Ah”, says Goethe, “in another age you were my sister or my wife”.*
*Maurice Blanchot, “The Song of the Sirens, Encountering the Imaginary”, 1959, translated by Lydia Davis, Station Hill, Barrytown, New York, 1981
Curated by Helena Papadopoulos
The exhibition is hosted by the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens and organized by Radio Athènes