Dreams Of Peace And Love Gradually Giving Way (Detail)
Oil on linen
183 x 235 cm
Again based on a work by Claude, this time Landscape with the Arrival of Aeneas at Pallanteum from Anglesey Abbey, Quinn’s constructed composition questions the role of art as a vehicle for social improvement. Part of Aeneas’ ship has been recycled into a miniature cinema, complete with beaming projector, rows of red velvet seats and a scene from Tex Avery’s MGM classic Little Tinker. Bound into a raft and drifting listlessly in the nearby river, another part of the vessel that carried the Trojan hero on his journey through the Underworld bears a similarly precious cargo – the Discovery, that pioneering craft from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 cult science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Quinn leaves us contemplating another maze of complex references, some recognizable and some more obscure, which challenge conventional systems of pictorial decoding.