Lorenzo Quinn (previously featured on Lawfully Chic on 25 March 2011 – the “Halcyon Sculpture Trail”) is currently exhibiting for the Italian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2011. His provocative installation “This is Not a Game” is shown at two sites: at the Italian Pavilion in the Arsenale, and San Servolo Island, Venice.
Quinn’s installation is divided into two parts. Moored on San Servolo Island is a life-size T55 Russian battle tank, and in contemporary battle dress life-size cast soldiers are positioned for battle. Giant but lifelike hands descend from nowhere to move the pieces. The work is continued at the Italian Pavilion, where the second part of the installation can be seen. We see a brick wall blasted by gun fire, as if fired from the gun turret of the tank. “This is Not a Game” is written next to it.
Cristian Maretti, the curator of “This is Not a Game” at the Venice Biennale, described Quinn, his work and the impact of his work at the Venice Biennale as follows: “…An artist of such stature and masterly skill was bound to challenge the city which epitomises art, with the arrival of his ‘war-game that isn’t’. Gently held by hands above the water, this work urges us not to forget the pain of the past and to think of the future… The work is demanding in the way it forces us to think, it brings a lump to the throat of anyone who yields, lingers looks and feels… I did and that’s how it felt. That’s why I am here; I am honoured to present someone whose art has succeeded in halting, just for a moment, the race against time: Lorenzo and his symbolic realism.”
Quinn has stated about his work: “I make art for myself and for people who wish to come along for a ride through my dreams. How we live our own lives is of the utmost importance, and most of my work is concerned with values and emotions.”
Quinn’s work can be seen at the Venice Biennale until 27 November 2011, at which 89 nations are currently exhibiting at the National Pavilions, the Arsenale and at other locations round the city.