Marc Quinn, ‘Endless Column (Micro Cosmos)’, 2008, Phillips

The present lot is by Young British Artist and provocateur Marc Quinn. Cast in painted bronze, the sculpture immediately strikes the viewer as strange and somewhat surreal. The body of Kate Moss has been contorted into a difficult yoga pose and supports a duplication of her own body with her feet. Yet a kind of inverted bathetic shift takes place, as, over the course of experiencing the art, the viewer comes to realise Quinn’s meditation on the nature of the human condition and on its contemporary manifestation.

The ‘true nature’ of the model - if there is one at all - is unknown to us, and Quinn emphasises this mystery through his work: ‘She is the reflection of ourselves, a knotted Venus for our age, a mirror, a mystery, a sphinx’ (Marc Quinn, Recent Sculptures Catalogue, Groninger Museum, 2006). Just as our own particular drives and anxieties distort our personal image of Moss, Quinn’s sculpture is of a body at once twisted, deified, and - like all Gods - mute.

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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

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"Marc Quinn"

Gana Art Centre, Seoul, (July 11 - August 3, 2008)

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

About Marc Quinn

Young British Artist Marc Quinn creates provocative sculptural portraits composed of organic materials, such as in his ongoing series of “Blood Head” self portraits, in which a cast of his head is made with over nine pints of his own frozen blood. Quinn also fabricates sculptures using more traditional media such as bronze, often depicting contorted bodies or people with unusual physical characteristics—amputees, or those who have undergone sex-change surgery. Quinn has also examined the implications of genetic modification and scientific advancement. His 2001 work DNA Garden features the DNA of 75 plant species and two humans, re-staging the conditions of the Garden of Eden through scientific means.

British, b. 1964, London, United Kingdom