Justin Quinn

Justin Quinn’s prints consist of forms created by repetitions of the capital letter “E”.  They reflect Quinn’s interest in the distance between reading and seeing, hierarchies of letterforms and the transfer of information.

The artist describes his use of the letter E, which is often found at the top of vision charts, is the most commonly used letter in the English language, and which denotes the natural number 2.71828, as a surrogate for all letters in the alphabet.  E has replaced the other letters and become a universal letter, allowing strings of E’s to become a generic language, denying written words their use as legible signifiers, and allowing language to become a vacant parallel language; a basis for visual manufacture.

Quinn has utilized Melville’s Moby Dick as a source for his explorations, transcribing sections of its chapters into E’s.  This story, “rich in theology, philosophy and psychosis, provides a roadmap for the work as well as a series of sublime underlying narratives”.  The connection to literature, along with the multiple readings possible of the forms in the prints themselves (stretched hides, computer memory chips, etc.) convey the inventiveness of the work created by this artist.

Justin Quinn has had recent solo exhibitions at Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco; and Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin.  He completed two editioned prints and several unique prints during his residency at Manneken Press in March, 2012.

Born in 1972, Duluth, MN. Lives and works in St. Cloud, MN

2001:  MA in Art History, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa.
Graduate Book Certificate, Center for the Book, University of Iowa.
MFA in Printmaking, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa.
1995:  BFA in Studio Art, University of Wisconsin-Superior.

New American Paintings:Midwest Edition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Not Everything Means Something (SOLO), University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Some Things are Not Possible (SOLO), Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
Tales of Space and Time (SOLO), University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,  Lacrosse, WI
Drawn In / Drawn Out, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
Weird Neighbor, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

The End of Language, Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
, University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Works on Paper : 7 Artists, Burnet Gallery at the Méridien Chambers, Minneapolis, MN
Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
Miami Project Art Fair, Miami, FL  (Conduit)
The 15th Annual Boston Print Fair, The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA (Manneken Press)
Deeper Wonders than the Waves (SOLO), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Miami Project Art Fair, Miami, FL ( Conduit Gallery)
Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore, MD (Manneken Press)
Possessed by the Line, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, Netherlands

Mark Fox and Justin Quinn : the Ghost and the Whale, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Magna Carta : Art on Paper, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Hand Lettered, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
Function : Repurposed, 2 Rules Fine Art, Marietta, GA
The Future of a Legacy: The University of Iowa Center for the Book at 25, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

This Spanish Ounce of Gold, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
New Work, Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI (SOLO)
Drawing from Ideas – Zwischen Lesen und Sehen , Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Magna Carta : Art on Paper, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Printeresting’s Copy Jam!, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Philadelphia, PA
Printeresting’s Copy Jam! 2 : Text Edition, The Printers’ Ball, The Luddington Building, Chicago, IL
5×7, Arthouse, Austin, TX

Keep Out This Frost, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA (SOLO)
SCOPE Art Show, Miami, FL. (Cain Schulte) (SOLO)
Rich Text, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Drawing In, CADD Art Lab, Dallas, TX
Graphica Creativa ’09, Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland
On, Of or About : 50 Works on Paper, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Breathe He Must, or Die He Will, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (SOLO)
Typecast, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Aqua Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL (Conduit Gallery)
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY.(Cain Schulte Gallery)
Two by Two for AIDS in Art, The Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX
Arthouse 5×7, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
The Small Works Show, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Fair, Dallas, TX (Conduit Gallery)
Habitual Ritual, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Printmaking IS the Discourse, Projects Gallery, Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Contemporary Prints, Rueff Galleries, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Why E? New Chapters by Justin Quinn, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA (SOLO)
International Print Triennial, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Boston Printmakers 60th Anniversary Show, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
Beaux Arts Ball, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL. (Conduit Gallery)
X-06, MMGalleries, San Francisco, CA
HomelandSecurities : Life is in the Details, Commerce Street Warehouse, Houston, TX
Habitual Ritual, Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL
A Way with Words, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX

Looking at Words : The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper
, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (Rudolph Projects)
Summer Salon, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Prints 2000-2006, International Print Center New York, NY
The Drawing Show, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
I-35 Biennial Invitational, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Tom Sale, Justin Quinn, Ryan Geiger, Rudolph Projects / ArtScan Gallery, Houston, TX
Fluid Geometry, Vine Street Studios, Houston, TX
Lettra, Jagiellonian Library, Krakow, Poland
5th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
3rd International Collage Exhibition, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
8th International Miniature Art Biennial, Salle Augustin-Chénier, Ville-Marie, Québec, Canada
Nineteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI
Impressit, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN

Chapter 44 or 78,774 times E, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX. (SOLO)
New Pages from Moby Dick, Building E, Montgomery College, Conroe, TX (SOLO)
New Work, Kruk Gallery, Holden Center, University of Wisconsin-Superior, WI (SOLO)
Frieze Art Fair, London, England (Andrea Rosen Gallery).
NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL. (Shane Campbell Gallery).
New Prints Summer 2005, International Print Center New York, NY.
14th German International Graphic Triennial, Kunstverein zu Frechen, Frechen, Germany.
5th Biennial of Engraving, Cabinet des Estampes, Liège, Belgium.
12th International Biennial of Engraving and New Images, Ecole Municipale d’Arts Plastiques, Sarcelles, France.
Open Expression : Contemporary American Printmaking, American University Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.
2nd International Collage Exhibition, Kaire Desine, Vilnius, Lithuania.
3rd International Biennial of Dibuix, Josep Amat, Plaça Monestir, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain.
Coming Together, Michael Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Lance Letscher and Justin Quinn, Library Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX.
The Land of Wandering : Exquisite History Volume One, Off Grounds Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.
The Boston Printmakers 2005 North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA.
Eighteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI.
26th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Columbia College, Columbia, MO.

New Prints Autumn 2004, International Print Center New York, NY.
1st International Collage Exhibition, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Le Locle Print Triennial, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland.
Press Work : Selections from P.R.I.N.T. Press & the University Permanent Collection, Art Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
2nd LUC Print Biennial, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
13th Tallinn Print Triennial, Rotermann Salt Storage Arts Centre,Tallinn, Estonia.
Drawing and Print Exhibition, College of Notre Dame, Art Department, Baltimore, MD.
Pulse, The Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College, Arlington, TX.
The Fourth Minnesota Print Biennial, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Moby Dick, or EEEE EEEE
, A Ramona Studio, New York, NY. (SOLO)
Hangings, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX. (SOLO)
Delta National Small Prints, Arkansas State University, AR.
The First 2003 Printmaking Biennial, A Ramona Studio, New York, NY.
The Circular Ruins, South Karelian Polytechnic University, Imatra, Finland.
The Big Square Portfolio Exhibition, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Catherine Chauvin and Justin Quinn, Brookhaven, Farmers Branch, TX.

Marfa Vacation, Boom, Oak Park, IL. (SOLO)
Delta National Small Prints, Arkansas State University, AR.
Small Works 2002, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C.
MAPC Juried Members Exhibition, Denver Int’l Airport, Denver, CO.
The 17th International Exhibition, Art Program, University of Texas at Tyler. TX.
From Concept to Object, Cade Center Gallery, Anne Arundel College, Arnold, MD.
Fifteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI.
Disclosure : Contemporary Drawing, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX.
The Circular Ruins, Zoller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
The Liquid Language of Artist’s Books, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY.

Delta National Small Prints, Arkansas State University, AR.
October International Competition, The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL.
Artist’s Books and Folios, Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia School for the Arts, New York, NY.
Postcards to New York, MACY Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
100 Universes, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR.
The End of Language, South Karelian Polytechnic University, Imatra, Finland.
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Leaverton, Michael. 2009. [EEEE] E EEEEE EEE. SF Weekly, 8-25 November, 25.
Young, Spencer. 2009. Picks. San Francisco Bay Guardian, 18-24 November, 18.
Fallon, Roberta. 2009. See and Spell. Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 February, F4.
Granberry, Michael, Scott Cantrell and Charles Dee Mitchell. 2008. Year in review : top 10 art happenings in 2008, Dallas Morning News, 28 December, E9.
Mitchell, Charles Dee. 2008. Review. Art in America 10 (November) : 200.
Terranova, Charissa. 2008. From “e” to Sie, Dallas Morning News, 23 April, E1.
Baker, Kenneth. 2007. Works done entirely in letter “E” take on weight of concrete poetry. San Francisco Chronicle, 24 March, E1.
Huston, Johnny Ray. 2007. E for Exile. San Francisco Bay Guardian, 7-13 March, 26.

Public Collections:

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Berlin Kupfrerstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany.

City Of Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.

Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Musee des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland.

Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami, Florida.

University of Minnesota-Duluth, Tweed Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota.

Purchase Award, The Boston Printmakers 2005 North American Print Biennial, Boston, Massachusetts.
Purchase Award, Eighteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Purchase Award, Delta National Small Prints, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Purchase Award, The Fourth Minnesota National Print Biennial, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jury’s Distinction, Le Locle Prints 04 : Contemporary Prints Triennial, Le Locle, Switzerland.

Purchase Award, Delta National Small Prints, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Best in Show, First Print Biennial, A Ramona Studio, New York, New York.

2001 Juror’s Award, October International Competition, West Palm Beach, Florida.