26/06/2013

#3 Electric Picture House, Congleton

Untitled & Last Second Of A Cat's Life

The Longest Day - Solo Exhibition Adam Quinn

Upon finally visiting the Electric Picture House in Congleton I was needless to say, envious of the artistic environment of which the residents are exposed to. Previously a drug house and even more previously one of the early picture houses, this building has been restored as well as possible after having fallen fate to arson. Since then the Electric Picture House has accommodated a collection of practitioners to help fuel their creative minds with social and spacial benefits. 

With hotchpotch studios, a pokey kitchen, log burner with complimentary sofas and of course, a sun trap of a back yard. What more could an artist wish for?! During my visit I met Adam Quinn who was mid-preparation for his solo show The Longest Day which would be opening on the upcoming Friday and from what I could see, I knew it would be unmissable.

Quinn's exhibition was a perfectly balanced showcase of his abstract creativity across the medias including painting, sculpture, printmaking and often a mixture of the three. Quinn's work is, as he states, 'instinctive'. When you view works like Last Second of a Cat's Life you can almost visualise the production of the piece and before you've had chance to realise, you've got a big stupid grin on your face despite the obvious context. Aforementioned ...Cat's Life is a perfect example of what really pulls me in about Quinn's work, an admirable confidence. From personal experience of producing abstract art, if you find yourself forcing realistic representations of your thoughts then the immediacy of the piece is lost, therefore losing expressionism from what was meant to be an expressionistic piece. 

"I find with artists they sometimes try too hard to give you an answer and then kind of loose something." -Quinn

Originally studying illustration, Quinn has explained how there were people who could fit the bill a lot better than him and deep down he always wanted to be "a lot more random and surreal where things don't make much sense until afterwards." And this has proven to have been a successful detour for Quinn to have taken. The immediacy used when producing one of these works is key and the results are left to decide for themselves. Often using a found objects as a starting point, this lends itself to allow Quinn to work outwards, reacting alongside the initial inspiration with colours and composition until eventually a story has unopened or like Time Flies(*), a character is born.

I really do admire Quinn's fearless approach to transferring every day, quirky thoughts into visuals, stepping out to the viewer with a collection of work which says, 'This is my mind, take it or leave it.'

The Longest Day is on display at the Electric Picture House until 6th July 2013.

(*) For more photos of the exhibition click here.

For more information visit Electric Picture House's site.

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