I am interested in the way that light operates in the production of images and visual technologies influence our ideas of opticality. My work draws on the history of image making devices like early telescopes, Victorian projectors, space satellites, and telescopes. During the Victorian period, technological advancements allowed engineers and inventors to develop small still and moving image projectors (e.g., the magic lantern, zoetrope, etc.) that created wonder and expanded our visual vocabularies and expectations. Following the technological lineage of optics, the Space Age has greatly expanded our sense of wonder and remote vision through programs like Apollo 11, the Hubble telescope, and Mars Rovers.
As a strategy, I distill seemingly complex optical phenomena and creating low tech approximations or analogies. Constructed from model making materialslike, foam core and styrenemy objects have simple systems of mirrors and lenses. While relatively simply fabricated, my sculptures approach the complexity and functionality of machines. In addition, I incorporate photography and video with my sculptures as documentation, process, and content.
Genevieve Quick is a San Francisco based artist and arts writer. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her work in galleries in the Bay Area. She has been awarded residencies at the de Young Museum, MacDowell, Djerassi, and Yaddo. Quick has received a CCI Investing in Artists grant and a Kala Fellowship. She has contributed writings to Shotgun Review, The Present Group, and Temporary Art Review. Quick regularly contributes to Art Practical and Temporary Art Review.