Made especially for this year’s (RED) Auction, Quinn's (RED) Eclipse will be sold to fight against AIDS.
Quinn's circular Anthropocene paintings of eclipses relate to his earlier series of iris paintings (We Share Our Chemistry With the Stars) and similarly use forms found within nature. These works derive their compositions from scientific photographs of various total and partial solar eclipses around the world. They are also taken at different times throughout the past 100 years, the earliest being from 1907. By using such a diverse timescale the artist shows the seeming immutability of cosmic cycles in comparison to the finite nature of human time.
The word Anthropocene is relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. In the iris series the artist found cosmic resonances within the inner world of the human physiology. Within the Anthropocene series, the artist is showing the way in which we find ourselves reflected in the outer world. In an age in which we have the ability to affect the future of the planet to see ourselves in the outer world can help us to take more responsibility in protecting our planet.
This painting was especially created to reflect the theme of this year’s auction - (RED) and Light.