Congratulations to Justin Quinn, who is a recipient of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships in printmaking. The fellowship is given to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field of printmaking. This significant recognition includes an unrestricted $25,000 award and the opportunity to work at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. The other 2019 recipient is Jenny Schmid.
We had the pleasure of working with Justin Quinn on two editions and several monotypes in 2012. Pictured above is “Fallen Chapter 71 (with green), Or 4836 Times E“, an etching with hand coloring on handmade paper, 15″ x 11”, published by Manneken Press. This print was from a larger, obsessive series of works in which Quinn utilized Melville’s Moby Dick as a source for his explorations, transcribing sections of its chapters into E’s (see embedded video below). 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 solo exhibitions at Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco; and Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin. His work is included in important public and academic collections, including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Berlin Kupfrerstichkabinett; City Of Boston Public Library; Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami; University of Minnesota-Duluth, Tweed Gallery, Duluth, MN
The artist was born in 1972, Duluth, MN, and lives and works in St. Cloud, MN.