A drift | Orla O’Byrne at James Barry Exhibition Centre, CIT, Bishopstown


A drift | Orla O’Byrne at James Barry Exhibition Centre, CIT, Bishopstown Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/03/2020 - 20/03/2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

James Barry Exhibition Centre





Opening Reception 4 March, 1pm, with special guest Dr. Micheal Waldron

CIT Registrar’s Prize Exhibition 2019

Presented by CIT Arts Office, supported by the CIT Registrar’s Office.

A drift is a collection of drawings and objects related to my drawing practice. I have brought together chalk and charcoal drawings, projections, photographic work and sculptural objects which are connected through themes of absence, disappearance and rediscovery. The story of the Canova Casts, a collection of plaster casts which arrived in Cork 200 years ago and which was the catalyst for the foundation of the Cork School of Art, is at the heart of this work.

In this exhibition large-scale chalk drawings, which have long since been erased, are shown in projected film sequences. Other drawings, made in The Crawford Art Gallery, have been left outside in the rain in a process reminiscent of a photograph being developed, albeit in reverse. There are also photographs of tinfoil impressions which interrogate indexicality, and works cast in plaster which pose questions about the meaning of words like ‘authentic’ and ‘original’ in art.

Orla O’Byrne


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