Cork County arts Office is delighted to present MICROCOSM, a new solo exhibition by Cork based artist David Kavanagh in LHQ Gallery, county Library. The opening will take place at 6pm on Thursday 10th March 2022. A graduate of MTU Crawford College of Art and Design, David exhibits regularly in Cork and nationally. David’s art practice is primarily drawing based, utilising ink and paint on Nepalese handmade lokta paper. His minutely detailed and observed drawings depict found objects and natural forms to create miniature fictional societies and universes.
David Kavanagh sees his work as an obsessive yet fragmented documentation of a fictional civilisation, one that is reminiscent of our first childish ventures in creating worlds from simple building blocks and found materials while sprawled on the floor. His work explores our primal drive to create order out of chaos as a heroic struggle against entropy. The artist is interested in how entropy increases with time, which is the second law of thermo-dynamics, a fundamental rule of physics which dooms the universe to relentless decay. Through his work, David explores how life on Earth, with its order and beauty, juxtaposes with this entropy, or gradual decline into decay. This exploration has also led David to creating works where imaginary civilisations struggle to reverse entropy acts. He sees this as an allegory to our own struggle with sustainability. His drawings depict worlds where unnamed, unseen societies dedicate all their energy and resources into creating as much order as possible. David explains these societies: “They see their purpose as being to increase the net order in the universe. They farm in patterns and create ornaments on an industrial scale. They work with a single-minded dedication to their task of combating entropy. They may be misguided in their methods, and a degree of conflict is certainly evident in stylistic differences, but their overarching aim to battle entropy is admirable. They act with a utopian zeal in pursuit of their selfless ideals.”
MICROCOSM runs until Friday 8th April 2022. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5.30pm. Any enquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org