Matthew Quick

This Used to be the Future

10 October — 26 October 2019

Lives and works Melbourne

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Every culture in the world, since the dawn of humanity, has tried to predict the future. From the ritual sacrifice of the ancients to gypsy tarot card readings and the artificial intelligence (AI) of contemporary computing—humans have always been preoccupied with predicting what is over the horizon.

Monuments are erected, immense wealth created and, indeed, history is written by those who have prevailed. One can be forgiven for asking the rational question… “Was it foresight or just good luck that allowed victors in life and history to become revered and remembered?” The answer, often, is a little of both. Great moments that change the course of humanity and the world, could so easily go the other way.  With the best intentions great people may, in an alternate future, have failed. And even if they succeed, their legacy will undoubtedly be reviewed by generations to come.

It is this investigation into history that Matthew Quick dives headlong. This Used to Be the Future is a unique vision that recontextualizes the past into his alternative future. Or is it alternative? In many cases, Quick observes that—with the best and greatest intentions, things have just worked out differently than we expected.

The future is a tricky place—it is a moving target.  What may have been a sure thing can change in a metaphorical heartbeat. Consider for a moment…in February 2004, the first iteration of Facebook launched. The social networking service, created by a couple of Harvard students, was to change everything—the way we look, the way we think, the way we act, the way we deal with truth and lies. Facebook brings unlikely people to positions of power and helps break down the most powerful institutions on earth. Ultimately, the vision of the world at the end of the twentieth century is now thoroughly disrupted and even more unpredictable—in no small part, due to the rise of this social media platform. In the work titled This Used to Be the Future, epic smokestacks of the Industrial Revolution—architecturally beautiful in their simplicity and engineering—are now obsolete in a world far more concerned with carbon emissions than ever before. The once-powerful symbol of empire and commerce is now maligned to an instrument of Armageddon.

Quick has no shortage of source material. His catalogue is as long as recorded history itself.  He is the most enquiring of artists with a mind that is ever-challenging; finding the quirks in the fabric of the world. He is not an artist who can be silenced. He seamlessly ensures view and opinion is woven into paintings, yet, still allows the audience to develop their own interpretation. At the end of the day, this artist knows his crystal ball for the future is as cloudy as yours.

Ralph Hobbs
October, 2019

\ Exhibition featured works

Matthew Quick

A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

2019 \ Oil on timber \ 65 x 75cm

Matthew Quick

A silent Song of fading Glory

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

SOLD

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An Authentic Moment of True Love

2019 \ Oil and flourescent paint on mirrored aluminiu, composite panel \ 55 x 55cm

SOLD

Matthew Quick

Best Laid Plans

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

SOLD

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First, a Whisper

2019 \ Oil on timber \ 75 x 100cm

Matthew Quick

I am What I choose to Become

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 152.4 x 152.4cm

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The Freedom of Truth

2019 \ Oil and flourescent paint on mirrored aluminium, composite panel \ 55 x 55cm

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The Importance of Mystery

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

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The Kernel of Change

2019 \ Oil on timber \ 65 x 75cm

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The Mosh Pit Never Lies

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 200 x 145cm

HOLD

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The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

SOLD

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The Secrets of Their Hearts Laid Bare

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

SOLD

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The Time of Cruel Wonder was not yet over

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

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This Used to be the Future

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 152.4 x 152.4cm

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Who Could Have Foreseen the Madness

2019 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120 x 100cm

SOLD

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\ Other exhibitions

Dee Smart

A Synopsis of Love

21 November — 14 December 2019

Jonathan Dalton

The Immoral Symmetry

21 November — 14 December 2019

Mehwish Iqbal

The Distance Between Us

31 October — 16 November 2019

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday