The installation Once is Not Enough # 3 consists of forty-five paintings displayed within a timber wall-less labyrinth. The forty-five paintings are repetitions of a selection of paintings featured in 1969 publication Discovering Art which, through this repetition, re-insert the past into the present. The maze-like construction is described by Quin as an “open labyrinth”, and prompts the audience to explore his paintings unconstrained by time and space, allowing them to “walk through walls”. This dynamic setup results in an experience wherein the paintings are set in motion in relation to one another. The installation is accompanied by a digital 3D walk-through of the installation projected in an adjoining space, produced in collaboration with a games designer.

Quin obtained a first class degree from Sheffield Hallam University and an MFA from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He now has over twenty years of teaching in both higher and further education. Currently, Quin is a lecturer in painting at University Centre St Helens on the BA Fine Art Painting course and associate lecturer at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Between 2011 and 2012, Quin taught at Winstanley College, Orrell. In 2010, he won an award in the Liverpool Art Prize and was a nominee for the Northern Art Prize. He has also exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at the China Academy of Art, Shanghai (2017), and Fort Worth Gallery of Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas (2016). His works are also held in both national and international collections. Quin’s practice, primarily concerned with drawing and painting, is informed by theoretical concerns examined in a practice-based PhD research project at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne - The Temporal Conditions of the Static Image: Repetition as an Engine of Difference. Once is Not Enough # 3, was produced in response to this research.

Exhibition Evening: Friday 12 May 2017 Join us for a special evening celebration for the exhibition ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH #3 by artist James Quin. All welcome! Free entry. More information here...

further links Quin’s blog, featuring recent drawing, painting, and research. James Quin on the website for Contemporary British Painting.

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