Perhaps the most impressive work at Lorenzo Quinn’s latest exhibition at the Halycon Gallery is ‘Empowerment’, with two hands, possibly from different countries, different parts of the one country, different religions and different cultures holding the world together, a sculpture which has been chosen to represent HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship which over the last 60 years has achieved great things in helping young millions people across the world to believe in themselves and develop skills, abilities and confidence for their future lives.
Lorenzo’s work, as ‘Possibilità’, the title of the exhibition suggests, is about the art of the possible in terms of what human beings can achieve for good in their lives and in the world, as Lorenzo continues to explore our inner strengths and what we can achieve, whether through our beliefs, examination of our inner selves while being balanced almost impossibly in spiritual positions, drawing on our hidden reserves to demonstrate almost impossible great force, joining together hands, or balancing our bodies in love and intimacy, with each sculpture cast in his workshop in Barcelona.
Here also, as part of this new exhibition, is a display of how his sculptures are made using the traditional lost-wax process.
We wait however for news of Quinn’s proposals for this year’s Venice Biennale, which promises to be more adventurous than his two immense hands rising up from the Grand Canal supporting the façade of the Ca’Sagredo Hotel, probably the most photographed image of Venice in 2017. This year, for ‘Building Bridges’, six pairs of huge hands will join across one of the canals, representing ‘both our commonality and our ability to unite, with an emphasis on bridging differences in all aspects of life – geographically, spiritually, philosophically, culturally and emotionally.’ (Halcyon Gallery).