Matthew Quick

Bling

16 November — 2 December 2017

Lives and works Melbourne

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

In Bling, Matthew Quick—the iconoclastic 'agent provocateur' of contemporary painting—investigates our obsession with the prestige objects we covet and desire. Through his meticulously rendered works, Quick investigates the nature of 'desirability' itself.

He observes that this is a world inundated with glamorous imagery and subliminal messaging; a tsunami of advertising that instructs us on how we should look, what we should feel, and what we should aspire to have in our possession.

In a previous life, the artist was part of the machine that created the perception of need. Quick is acutely aware of underlying commercial forces at work—beyond the marketer’s pseudo-Utopian ideal of making us feel better.

In our ‘real’ world, a handbag can sell in excess of $20,000 due to its prestige branding. It is eagerly and ambitiously collected with a fervent appetite—long waiting lists exist for the opportunity to own one.  Through the power of branding, the normality of this fact is reinforced and ultimately seems reasonable to us. But what if we are to make another useful egalitarian object like a power drill exquisitely branded and imaged?

Quick poses the question: "Can the monogrammed power drill (with a cord as shoulder strap) become this year’s most desirable accessory for the rich and famous? Will our fervour for the symbolic connection of wealth, taste and class now override common sense?" Absurd? Possibly...but with the appropriate marketing, history tells us it is entirely probable. 

Quick delves into the 'readymade'—the most Modernist of art object; intricately patterned Swarovski crystals elaborately adorn the workman’s tools. The bedrock of man’s technological advancement —the axe and shovel—now shine in the spotlight. The artist has set up a delicious dialogue between function/purpose and high art—from the tool shed to the gallery wall. A sparkling Duchampian ode to our contemporary pursuit for the newest, most precious and desirable thing.


Ralph Hobbs
November, 2017

\ Exhibition featured works

Matthew Quick

Accessory Necessities 1

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 110x76.5cm

Matthew Quick

Accessory Necessities 1 and 2

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ shown as diptych \ 110x75cm each panel

Matthew Quick

Accessory Necessities 2

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 110x76.5cm

Matthew Quick

Autumn Specials

2017 \ Oil on copper \ 90x90cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Class Lines

2017 \ Oil and etching on copper \ 90x60cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Desire

2017 \ Oil and etching on copper \ 90x60cm

Matthew Quick

Essential Requirements

2017 \ Oil, gold and copper leaf on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 122x110cm

Matthew Quick

Grandfathers Axe

2017 \ Wood, steel and Swarovski crystals \ 82.3x19.2cm

Matthew Quick

Hardware Necessities

2017 \ (detail image) Wood, steel and Swarovski crystals \ 145x18.8cm

Matthew Quick

Laundry Necessities

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 110x76.5cm

Matthew Quick

Major Tom

2017 \ Oil on copper \ 90x90cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Need

2017 \ Oil and etching on copper \ 90x60cm

Matthew Quick

Pantry Necessities 1

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 110x76.5cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Pantry Necessities 1 and 2

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ shown as diptych \ 110x76.5cm each panel

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Pantry Necessities 2

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 110x76.5cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Security Requirements

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 57x37cm

Matthew Quick

The Prize

2017 \ Oil on aluminium composite panel, aluminium frame \ 110x76.5cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

\ Installation Image

\ Other exhibitions

Paul Ryan

The Colonies

26 October — 11 November 2017

Many Hands, Home of the Namatjira Artists

Group Exhibition

10 October — 20 October 2017

Anthony Lister

Homeless Among the Gum Trees

13 September — 6 October 2017

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