In Regard of the Disregarded | Group Exhibition at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan

 

In Regard of the Disregarded | Group Exhibition at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan Date/Time
Date(s) - 25/10/2018 - 23/11/2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Burren College of Art

Website
https://www.burrencollege.ie/in-regard-of-the-disregarded/

Email
lisa@burrencollege.ie

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Exhibition Opening: Thursday, October 25, 6-8pm. Opening remarks by writer and painter Frank Golden.

In Regard of the Disregarded brings together the work of three Dutch artists Els Mikx, Ank Lauvenberg, and Willem van Goor – long-time residents in the West of Ireland, where the relatively isolated communities and environments in which they live have informed their collective work over the last twenty years.

The sculptural work on show by Ank Lauvenberg and Els Mikx will comprise pieces of re-used and re-purposed materials; wrought iron discards, carved wood remnants, utilitarian objects, toy parts; as well as carved, welded, and standing sculptures from materials original to the space and area in which they live. Their work is pervaded by quixotic reflections and a guiding humour.

The paintings of Willem van Goor both intimate and large scale reference the stark and daunting reality of life hewn from the forbidding landscape of Achill. There is a fascination in the built spaces that provide protection against the elements and in the phenomenological encoding of that lived reality. House structures are enveloping and stand as testament to individual and societal endurance. The register of belief, personal autonomy and independence are also referenced in the elliptical compression of text into the structure of some of the works.

Materiality, context, habitation, how to go deeper into the space you choose to inhabit is central to all three artists. Where they come from, where they have chosen to relocate to, and the impact of that relocation can be profoundly read in the nature of what they produce, both in terms of their artwork and the engagingly managed garden environments they have created.

This is an exciting exhibition, one which is grounded in early modernism but which also contains aspects of an introspective materialism, found art, and land art interventions. It touches base with the Dutch artisanal tradition and in so doing creates a tension between that tradition and contemporary intentionality, all the while reflecting the Irish culture they have chosen to abide in.

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