Marc Quinn: Drawn From Life
Marking the first time in history that a contemporary artist has created works specifically for the space, Drawn From Life will compromise a series of casts made from the body of his partner (dancer Jenny Bastet) created during two hour poses of the pair in embrace, alongside the museums prexisitng repetorie of Roman sculptures, Hogarth paintings…and an alabaster sarcophagus and the Georgian tomb of a dog…
Inline with Sir John Soane’s ambition for his collection Quinn’s sculptures borrow from the iconographic language of the museums myriad splinted sculptures, appearing disjointed; one clasping arm, a torso with one leg, a heavily veined hand, to inspire curiosity in the historical artifact.
The artist comments; ‘My new body of work explores the notion of the fragment and set in the extraordinary surroundings of Sir John Soane’s Museum, their reflecting of history will be particularly apparent. These sculptures build on my longstanding interest in refracting the language of classical art to make it relevant to contemporary culture. I’m thrilled to unveil the new work in such a unique and important setting.’
Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life opens at the Sir John Soane Museum in Lonodn, on the 28th March 2017. Admission is free.