Date(s) - 13/09/2019 - 26/09/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Complex Ground Floor Gallery
Opening reception 13th September 6 – 8.30pm.
14th September – 26th September
10am- 5pm Monday- Friday, 12am-5pm Saturday, Closed Sunday.
Glenn Fitzgerald / Liliane Puthod / Richard Proffitt / Sibyl Montague
Curated by Mark O’Gorman and Paul McGrane
Display, Link and Cure is inspired by the Ground Floor Gallery’s new location adjacent to the Victorian Fruit Market in Dublin 7. The exhibition aims to acknowledge the unique historic nature of this area of the city, and explore themes relating to it.
For over a decade, the space contained banana ripening chambers for Smyths &Co. The gallery will act in similar vein, nurturing and providing a space for Dublin’s visual culture.
Artists’ works contemplate the nature of impermanence and perishability. The works will be presented in a temporary, ‘display-like’ way to pay homage to the gallery’s surroundings and to foster conversation about the state of Dublin’s visual culture at present, in which many spaces seem to have short expiry dates.
The exhibition will provide a setting for the artists’ works to live collaboratively, utilizing the exhibition as medium.
Puthod’s work leads to surprising connections between commodities, systems of production and fabricated elements. Her work is most interested in the previous function of the space, and her practice actively appropriates merchandise in relation to physical locations and individuals.
Montague’s practice foregrounds the primacy of material and its ability to perform. In this case Montague’s gelatine works perform as decaying produce to evoke a sense of nostalgia. These gelatine works are presented in a display like way, encapsulating the familiar beauty of decay. The shiny quivering mass is both inviting and repulsive, while also referencing the temporary nature of Dublin’s cultural landscape.
Proffitt’s work will act on the contrary, to obscure the narrative of the space through mediums including sculpture, painting, and assemblage. The works often combine to create immersive, otherworldly, site-responsive works that evoke places of worship one may imagine existing in an intermingling cosmic universe of esoteric folk religions.
Glenn Fitzgerald’s work blurs narratives within the space. Fitzgerald’s paintings, drawings and collages depict situations that appear both natural and artificial, real and virtual, corporeal and modellistic.
This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council