Possibilità presents a major body of artwork by Italian contemporary artist Lorenzo Quinn (b. 1966). Featuring the launch of brand-new works, Quinn revisits his most fundamental motif – the human figure – in his ongoing exploration of human experience and his visual representation of abstract, universal values. Possibilità reveals the full scope of his artistic project, journeying from the traditional methods used to make each sculpture, to the potentiality of his future visions.
Quinn’s use of visually simple forms and subtle gesture speaks to a wide audience, whether his work is experienced in the private home, the architecture of an organisation or through a chance encounter in the urban landscape. His art has the ability to crystallise personal experience, or the intimacy of a close relationship, as clearly as it reflects the shared values of an entire community.
Every artwork presented here was created at Quinn’s own sculpture foundry, where the artist uses the millennia-old ‘lost-wax’ casting process to create his works in bronze and aluminium. Presented here, the finished collection echoes the tradition and history attached to this casting process and the technical mastery it involves.
2019 is a landmark year for Quinn. The artist’s new sculpture, Empowerment, will play a vital role in promoting the story of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and supporting their important, ongoing work. Since its inception over six decades ago, the Award’s framework for non-formal education has helped to improve the lives of millions of young people in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide.
During the Venice Biennale in May this year, Quinn will install his most ambitious project to date, Building Bridges. The work is composed of six pairs of monumental ‘stone’ hands, symbolising both our commonality and our ability to unite, with an emphasis on bridging differences in all aspects of life – geographically, spiritually, philosophically, culturally and emotionally.
In the artist’s own words, art has to be more than purely decorative – it has to say something. Building Bridges is emblematic of Quinn’s ethos of connection and exchange through the language of art, a message that resonates throughout Possibilità.