Ged Quinn at Stephen Friedman

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I would be hard put to guess when and where these landscapes were made. Quinn’s work is odd and slightly discomfiting and a list of his inspirations does not help. What is illuminating though is his  remark that he is interested in the way that ideas travel through time.

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Layers of oil, so thin that they become transparent, have been built up in successive strata on a linen ground. In some of the paintings there are whole webs of structures, in others the ground looks arid, as if it had been wiped dry.

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His trees are majestic and several of them are Lindens which produce a pollen which in European myths are said to induce sweet dreams. The show as a whole has the quality of a dream. Spectacular and truly Romantic vistas,  they offer the viewer an unsettling and slightly sinister space,

 

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Ged Quinn is at the Stephen Friedman Gallery, 25-28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN until 18 January

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