This exhibition is Lar O’Toole’s first solo show. Originally scheduled for April this year, it was awarded to him after he completed a 6 week residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in the summer of 2019. It contains many new works and a selection of pieces from this emerging artist’s practice.
O’Toole’s practice responds to the environment and our relationship with nature. His most recent work relates astronomical scales and geological or ‘deep’ time to the human experience. Moving between science and pseudo-scientific claims to environmental knowledge & truth, O’Toole explores their influence in modern mythologies and the affects and anxieties produced by them in society. A central strategy of the work is the production of imagery and forms that evoke elemental or hidden forces felt across both nature and culture whilst examining how these forces get ‘portrayed’, thought about and mediated by society at large. By initiating a connection with nature and the cosmological O’Toole invites the viewer to reflect upon the central paradox of the environment and the ‘unnatural’ forces that impact upon its ever-changing forms. O’Toole’s first one-person exhibition brings together a range of sculpture, drawing and video works that reflect on the ‘unseen’ and hidden forces that surround us.
Laurence O’Toole has a background in graphic design and engineering and his based near Carne, Co. Wexford. He graduated from IT Carlow in 2014 with a first-class honours in Art. After securing funding from Artlinks in 2017 he undertook an MA in Art & Process at Crawford College of Art in Cork, graduating in December 2018. He was granted a student residency at IMMA in the summer of 2018 and recently completed a six-week residency at The Leitrim Sculpture Centre awarded by Wexford County Council.
Although primarily a sculptor and photographer, O’Toole also uses drawing, video, installation and performance in his work. His main areas of research are the history of science; science fiction literature and film; astronomy; and the effects of economic activity on the environment.
Due to Covid-19 the Exhibition Opening is spread out from 2pm – 8pm, Friday 14th Aug. Social distancing will be observed and numbers will be restricted to 30 at any one time. Thank you for your co-operation.