Making Waves follows a year in the life of renowned and controversial contemporary artist Marc Quinn. Shot by Quinn’s friend and collaborator, Gerry Fox, the film explores the artist’s inspirations, fame and creative process in intimate detail – offering audiences the chance to become a fly on the wall, following Quinn from the studio to private views.
Quinn is presented as a likeable, laconic character, engaged in a hectic life which sees him travel all over the world, with the viewer following him from the unveiling of his hypnotic giant bronze seashells in New York to Venice, where his famous Alison Lapper sculpture is reworked. The film then leads viewers to exhibitions in Hong Kong, Istanbul and London, where his giant bronze orchid was on show at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, before delving into his 2015 show at White Cube, Bermondsey.
Meanwhile, noting the absurdities of the art world, Fox follows Quinn as he meets with famed figures such as Lionel Richie and Ai Weiwei. Featured scenes include the artist showing Elton John around his Venice exhibition, as well as a visit to the Queen. Elsewhere, the artist is also seen casting for models at a tattoo convention, and having tapestries made of his own work by vast creative teams.
The artist’s works become characters as much as he, with each piece closed in on and examined from conception to final piece.
The release of Making Waves coincides with Marc Quinn’s major new show, The Toxic Sublime, until 15 September, White Cube, Bermondsey.
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