3 November to 14 January
just a bit extraordinary is a national tour of three distinct exhibitions by artist Theresa Nanigian who creates portraits of contemporary Western life. In her work Nanigian also uses the analytical tools of other disciplines such as sociology, economics, psychology and logic to explore expressions of identity across the human experience.
The second chapter of the exhibition, master of my universe, considers the middle developmental stage of adulthood often preoccupied with earning a living. Unusually Nanigian chooses to explore this stage by documenting the vendors on the boardwalk of Venice Beach, California. The guardians of this ‘sidewalk circus’ are a diverse range of nationalities, ages, socioeconomic status and personal histories, who display an equally quirky spectrum of merchandise, entertainment and personal philosophy. master of my universe draws on work from Nanigian’s California residency including text, photography, soundscapes and a ‘merchandise museum’.
The just a bit extraordinary tour began in April 2017 at The Lab Gallery, Dublin with trying to behave, an exhibition of photographs and a short video that observed the older patrons of the bi-monthly tea dances at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Macushla Dance Club in Dublin. Nanigian also displayed wall text panels with anonymous responses selected from surveys she carried out with an even wider spectrum of older people.
The final exhibition in the series just a bit extraordinary, combines elements of trying to behave and master of my universe with a survey of Nanigian’s first installment in her life cycle series titled not sorry, which was exhibited in 2014. just a bit extraordinary will open at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in September, 2018.
The just a bit extraordinary tour is curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of the Highlanes Gallery.