Rosebud curated by Alison Pilkington & Cora Cummins. The Library Project, Dublin.
The title of the show Rose Bud references the famous media baron Charles Foster Kane’s final utterance / statement in the 1941 film Citizen Kane (Dir. Orson Welles. The film depicts the life of the publishing tycoon and aims to solve the mystery of what or who is Rose Bud through flashbacks. There remains a great power in the printed or reproduced word or image even though Walter Benjamin asserts that the loss of aura and authenticity occurs through reproductions in his essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction or Reproducibility (1936)
Emma Finucane & Mary A. Fitzgerald : We responded to the idea of the private proclamation, looking at the act of private or personal messaging in public we looked at messages or proclamations painted and written on walls and engraved in concrete. We collected images, from Dublin specifically, of these private/public proclamations and compiled them into a limited edition Zine. We are interested in the notion of beauty and the poetic in the found image and the idea of re-assigning value by making a printed publication for an art exhibition. As printmakers we are interested in other methods of dissemination and distribution. We are also interested in the collaborative processes of production, choosing the images, collating, editing, designing, printing, choosing and searching for these beautiful and poetic found images. A Zine can re evaluate the power of the hand made multiple.
The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin. September 2015
In 1927 Russian poet Daniil Kharms received a copy of Kasimir Malevich’s book with a hand-inscribed message from the artist: “Go and stop progress”. In those societies tormented by the experiences of the Great War and totalitarianism, the logic of progress as a continuous improvement and betterment of the human condition was confronted by its own failure, marked by debris, ruins and personal catastrophes.
A U-turn is a simple driving manoeuvre that not only allows for a reversal of the direction of a journey but also offers a rare and unexpected chance to glance back at what we left behind, especially when travelling at high speed. Russian theorist Boris Groys uses this act as a vivid metaphor for philosophical metanoia – or the reversal of the gaze – classically described by Walter Benjamin in the figure of Angelus Novus who turns his back towards the future so that he can look back on the past and present.
This group exhibition employed this tactic of metanoia as a mode of looking at progress by examining its recent histories and traces. Though an unstoppable force surging linearly towards an infinite future, progress here is no longer only the mere act of facing forward. Instead it also looks back at its residues, reflections and remnants of its procession.
Above Images Top: Moving slowly, but gracefully, acrylic and oil on gesso board, 30 x 30 cm
below: Futures, Acrylic and glitter on gesso board 27 x 15cm
F15’s Annual Exhibition takes its cue from the cult sci-fi television show Quantum Leap (1989-1993). The protagonist Dr. Sam Beckett is a brilliant scientist who, following his quantum experiment in time travel, leaps through space-time, temporarily inhabiting the bodies of other people and altering the events of history. “Quantum Leap’s concern with science, the passage of time, identity, gender and the inhabitance of the ‘other’ has also been a fertile playground for artists.” – Brendan Fox, CuratorPractice .
Marc Reilly and Mary A. Fitzgerald’s work consisted of an installation piece featuring a stop motion film, (2mins 8 secs), projected into the space. The space was filled with various faceted 3-d shapes, which have a reflective surfaces. Light bounces off the shapes.
The resulting film is entitled Silver, Silver and Gold looped at two minutes, 3 seconds, was conceived in response to Alexander Calder’s circus piece. We restricted our world to a white box one foot squared within our studio space. The starting point was based on a series of paintings completed in the space in the previous two months. Through a process of manipulating the materials and art works found in an artist’s studio we assembled a series of ‘props’ based on the aesthetic of the materials. A series of decisions were made to move the work forward, the film charts the activity of this set day in a condensed form.
The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project is a collaborative art project which brought together eight Irish artists to develop work to represent Ireland at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia in October 2013. Continuing with this collaboration, the project was then presented in An Gailearaí in Gweedore, Co. Donegal in June 2014 and the final exhibition will be shown in the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin in September 2014. The eight participating artists were: Colin Martin ARHA, Brian Fay, Mary A.Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin.
‘Makers of the new world’ acrylic on gesso board
‘Pagent’ acrylic on stretched paper