Eileen Quinlan

Overduin & Co.

For an artist who cites accidental elements in her practice, Eileen Quinlan is undeniably fixed on the parameters and the quantifiable conditions of making a photograph. While the images she produces are marked by bleeding colors and the incidental abstraction of common objects, Quinlan in her meticulous experimentations stages her materially driven subject matter with the precision and control of a set designer—even employing the trade secrets of commercial photography, such as smoke machines, filters, and strobe and key lighting. For her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, titled “Downtime,” Quinlan presented eleven new works—mostly from her ongoing series “Night Flight” and “Santa Fe” (both begun in 2008)—which carefully choreograph a tension between constructed elements.

To make a picture, Quinlan typically assembles a discrete arrangement of materials (a kind of nonfigurative still

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