Darren Almond and Marc Quinn (St. Moritz)

Darren Almond and Marc Quinn (St. Moritz)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gstaad, Switzerland

Darren Almond
Marc Quinn

Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz
Dates for both exhibitions: 28.12.2011 - 05.02.2012
Opening: 27.12.2011, from 6 pm onwards
During the opening the world renowned Alphorn musician Eliana Burki will give two perfomances.

Patricia Low Contemporary (Gstaad, Geneva, St. Moritz) is pleased to announce the opening of their new gallery in St. Moritz on December 27th, 2011 with two exhibitions featuring works by Darren Almond and Marc Quinn.

Exquisite beauty is an unworthy description of the visual power and extremity of Almond and Quinn's work; their images' hyper-perfection challenges the very boundaries of cognition to address abstract themes of time's infinite dimension, the fleeting transience of existence, and the fragility of the human condition. Adopting traditional genres of landscape and still life, the subject of nature in their photographs, paintings, and sculptures, becomes an aberrant construction, measured through the artificial instruments of technology, morality, and cultural idealism. Almond's landscape photographs transpose romanticized wilderness scenes to the realm of the supranatural. His geography is sourced from the far-flung reaches of fantasy - the exotic outposts of art history's mythology made famous by the likes of Friedrich, Cezanne, Turner, and Hongren; or non-places - such as Antarctica and Siberia - which loom at the fringes of collective consciousness. For Almond's ongoing Full Moon series, his arduous excursions to these remote locations are dictated by lunar pull. Each image was shot during the peak of the moon's cycle - the precise place and moment, imbued with mysticism and ritual, is captured in prolonged exposure, collapsing space and time with an eerie ambience of predestination.

Quinn's practice poignantly articulates the liminal spaces between life and death, the physical and metaphysical, supreme beauty and silent unnamable horror. In Quinn's still life paintings, memento mori portent gives way to the spell of instant gratification: fruits and florae rendered with too-immaculate finish, their exotic bounty epitomizes pornographic temptation. Through the meticulous presentation, materiality, and detail of his works, the pinnacles of artistry become conveyors of vanitas, bridging the gulf between unattainable desire and longing and its luxurious, bitter sweet sublimation. His accompanying flower sculptures similarly dazzle with their strange virtuality, their exquisite ephemerality implausibly immortalized in bronze.

Darren Almond (born 1971 in Wigan, UK) lives and works in London, UK. Recent solo shows include: Darren Almond at Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2011; Nocturne at Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, 2011; Darren Almond ...between here and the surface of the moon, times 2, at FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France and at FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France, 2011; The Principle of Moments at White Cube, London, UK, 2010. Recent group shows include: Mysticism at Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011; The Wilderness at Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, 2011; Just With Your Eyes I Will See, Fonds d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, France, 2009.

Marc Quinn (born 1964 in London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. Recent solo shows include: Marc Quinn at Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2011; All of Nature Flows Through Us at Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway, 2011; MARC QUINN at The Platinum Tower, Beirut, Lebanon, 2011; Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas at White Cube, London, UK, 2010. Recent group shows include: Penelopes Labour - Weaving Words and Images, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy, 2010; 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2010; Drawing Space, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria, 2010.