Photo Courtesy of Marc Quinn
The Sleep of Reason brings together more than 30 works Marc Quinn has produced since 1999, all revolving around history, time and space, body, and identity related themes. Investigating the relationship between nature and culture, Quinn’s work is often full of references to the complex process of creation, relating human history to the recurrent temporality of the cosmos. The self-portraits he has been producing every five years since 1991 are made up of his own frozen blood. His sculptures often upset the culturally standardized aesthetic norms for the human body. Quinn also likes stressing the nature of dualism that defines human life — Self/Other and Body/Mind — while discovering the reciprocated alterations or binary oppositions such as Life/Death and Birth/Destruction. In Quinns’s work, the “body” functions as a site through which new readings of the relationship between the inside and the outside can be made.