May 9th, 2016

Wols, Eileen Quinlan at Museum of Cycladic Art

Eileen Quinlan

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

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Wols, Eileen Quinlan at Museum of Cycladic Art



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. 

Press Release:

‘…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

Link: Wols, Eileen Quinlan at Museum of Cycladic Art

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