The Time Travelling Circus | Katrina Palmer at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin


23 February to 21 April 2018

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to present new work by British artist Katrina Palmer. Palmer uses words as a sculptural form, exploring sensuous objects, absences and material uncertainties, through storytelling. Elaborated audio environments, found objects and publications are employed to create narrative situations in which the viewer can experience her work. Foregrounding words, Palmer often invites the audience to imagine items that are indicated, but not fully present.

This exhibition is Palmer’s first in Dublin and is developed from a story she published in Essays on Sculpture, Number 78 (Henry Moore Institute, 2017). The narrative is extended in a single copy of a dossier that is currently installed on the ‘recently returned’ shelf of the Brotherton Library at Leeds University, to coincide with this exhibition. For the iteration of the work at Temple Bar Gallery, Palmer employs a vast architectural floor plan alongside audio tracks that feature a field recording of the ‘silent’ reading room, overlaid with colliding voices and circus tunes, plus music sampled from Karl Blake of The Shock Headed Peters and from Tom James Parmiter. The gallery becomes an immersive space, in which the viewer can experience the Time-Travelling Circusthat in a parallel reality has its ring in the circular reading room of the Brotherton Library.

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