Venice Art Biennale 2017: Lorenzo Quinn – Support
Halcyon Gallery is pleased to announce Lorenzo Quinn’s new monumental sculpture, Support, at the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel during Venice Art Biennale 2017.
Reflecting on the two sides of human nature, the creative and the destructive, as well as the capacity for humans to act and make an impact on history and the environment, Quinn addresses the ability for humans to make a change and re-balance the world around them – environmentally, economically, socially.
“Support” sees two large hands emerging from the Grand Canal to protect and support the historic building of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The hands symbolise tools that can both destroy the world, but also have the capacity to save it. At once, the sculpture has both a noble air as well as an alarming one – the gesture being both gallant in appearing to hold up the building whilst also creating a sense of fear in highlighting the fragility of the building surrounded by water and the ebbing tide.
By installing “Support” in Venice, Quinn draws attention to the delicate existence of humans and society against the force of nature in today’s climate of change. The work generates an instinctive and immediate understanding of the environmental impact for places such as Venice. The hands symbolise the role people must play in supporting Venice’s unique world heritage – it is our duty to save the ‘witnesses of the Past’ who can only survive with our help. In other words, the past lives in the present and it also lives in the future memory of generations to come.
‘Venice is a floating art city that has inspired cultures for centuries, but to continue to do so it needs the support of our generation and future ones, because it is threatened by climate change and time decay,’ Lorenzo Quinn.
Lorenzo Quinn: Support
13.05.2017 – 26.11.2017
Images courtesy of Lorenzo Quinn and Halcyon Gallery