Category Archives : Leinster – Dublin

‘Always and Again’ | Group Exhibition at Steambox

always-and-againAlways and Again
24th – 27th July | Opening preview: 24th July, 6 – 9pm
Steambox, Dublin 8
Opening hours: 12 – 5pm daily

Society becomes a mechanism and an organism, which ceases to be comprehensible to the very people who participate in it and sustain it through their labour.
- Henri Lefebvre

Always and Again is a transforming installation of video work, presented in a sequence that ripples through the space to create one seamless experience. The show includes recent works by artists Laura Cooper, Robert Crosse, Ian Giles, and Séamus McCormack. The artworks are revealed to the viewer with the aid of a performer—who is always present in the space throughout the duration of the show— enabling the installation to hover between an event and exhibition. The works explore repetitive and sequenced human activities as processes, structures or rituals for personal and collective transformation.

The group installation explores the possibility that shared physical acts or rituals (physical, spatial, temporal) might make us once again legible to ourselves, and re-ground us in a world of authenticity and rootedness that we have lost touch with. The work on show will focus on the importance on the physical act, the passage that the body tramples through in order to understand or establish a sense of embodied awareness that situates us physically in the world both as individuals and in relation to others in the spaces we share.

Shane McCarthy Studio Exhibition at Studio 4, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

shane-mccarthyTangled Hierarchies
25th July – 2nd Aug | Launch: Thursday 24 July, 6-8pm
Studio 4, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Opening hours: 12 noon – 4 pm daily or by appointment (closed Sundays)

- Synecdoche, as through line is more apt.

- A synecdoche (meaning “simultaneous understanding”) is a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something refers to the whole of something, or vice- versa.

- Either way, it could be said to parallel the scientific method, but we are both tarnished with the lense of narrative. So instead of fighting it, why not embrace it?

- Because when we talk about proof in rhetoric, we’re not talking about what, colloquially, you might understand by the term. In formal logic and mathematics, proof is something absolute. You start with a set of axioms and derive a series of conclusions by an iron clad chain of deductions. A mathematical proposition is either true or not.- Well the root of the word invented throws up questions in and of itself. But that’s besides the point. Anywhere outside of pure maths, we are in the territory of inductive reasoning. That’s why the rigor of the scientific method depends not on proof but its opposite.The way science is, is that you put up a hypothesis, and you let it stand until it’s disproved. That is essentially, a way of recognizing the imperfect and provisional nature of scientific reasoning.

- Fine, but my assertion still stands. We are closer to the astronomer than mathematician. As we try and personify a paraphrasing of Lost Tools of Learning. You as the logic with-the-thing-as-it-is-known, and I as grammar, concerned with-the-thing-as-it-is-symbolised; and we as rhetoric concerned with the thing-as-it-is-communicated. Because rhetoric deals with probabilities rather than certainties. With analogy and generalisation. If the philosopher deals with knowledge, the rhetorician is much more interested in belief.

- Because what ever categorization, enthymeme, syllogism, antithesis and synthesis or mitigated speech; fuge, gestalt, or train of thought. We can be understood as units of thoughts, that is, ways of articulating the relationship between ideas. |

PhotoIreland 2014: ‘Vanishing Portraits’, A Documentation at Centre for Creative Practices

vanishing-portraitsVanishing Portraits
17 – 31 July | Opening: 17 July at 6pm
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12 – 7pm

CFCP present Vanishing Portraits as part of PhotoIreland Festival this July. An exhibition of photography taken by Jozwiak while traveling through Bulgaria alone. Feeling lonely and weary of travel he put together this collection of melancholic photographs.

“I think that this constant feeling of misery allowed me to notice things that would otherwise have escaped my attention. I became absorbed in the intensive work of documenting the subtle sphere in which the worlds of dead and alive interpenetrate.”

What attracted the author’s attention there was an untypical form of commemoration of the dead in which photography happened to play a crucial role. An in-depth research and documentation of this phenomenon led to the uncovering of some intriguing anthropological and cultural traces. Furthermore it became a starting point for the reflection on the very medium of photography seen as a carrier of timeless archetypes and symbols. The exhibition is meant to be a kind of journey report in which photos, some found scraps of newspapers and diary entries are put together to tell a story.

‘Flâneries in forests and fields’ | Group Exhibition at JF Studios

flaneries-in-forests-and-fieldsFlâneries in forests and fields
Opening: Sunday 20 July 2014 at 3pm | 20 July – 30 August
JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1 (opposite Gate Theatre)

The Olivier Cornet Gallery requests the pleasure of your company for the official opening of Flâneries in forests and fields a group show featuring works by Hugh Cummins, Mark Doherty, Michelle Dunne, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Conrad Frankel, Daniel Lipstein, Jason Lowe, Seán Mulcahy, Yanny Petters and Adrienne Symes.

Guest speaker: Finola O’Kane Crimmins – Author of Ireland and the Picturesque; Design, Landscape Painting and Tourism in Ireland 1700-1840, (Yale 2013), Senior Lecturer, UCD.