Wednesday, July 25, 2007

illiterate compositions

Chapter 44 or 78,774 times E is Justin Quinn's remarkable continuation of his transcription of Herman Melville's epic novel Moby Dick into the letter E. The body of work, a combination of graphite drawings on hemp and dry point intaglio prints repeatedly explore chapter 44 of the novel, called "the chart". In this chapter, Captain Ahab's monomaniac quest for the white whale is demonstrated nightly by his compulsive drawing and redrawing of nautical charts. By repeating a spiraling, swirling labyrinthian structure, Quinn places himself in the role of Ahab who continually redraws his charts which travel nowhere and only to go into themselves.

Moby Dick Chapter 54 or 6,618 times drypointDruck/print23 x 28 cmBlatt/paper76 x 56 cm

Justin Quinn. four moby dick chapters. graphite on paper 2005

Chapter 44 or 9,200 times E" (2004), graphite on hemp paper, by Justin Quinn. Image courtesy of MM Galleries

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Anonymous said...

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Rober Racine said...

Bonjour Moon River.
Je découvre votre travail avec bonheur.
Je suis justement en train de lire Moby Dick.
J'aime votre sensibilité cartographique et ses dessins.
J'aimerais vous écrire davantage. Pourrions-nous nous écrire par email ?
Voici mon adresse:
rober racine

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