The Exhibition

 

Tom Fitzgerald

Tom Fitzgerald is an artist living in County Limerick. He was Head of Sculpture in Limerick School of Art & Design until 2000, when he took early retirement to pursue his own work. His work practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and temporary environmental interventions. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad. He was elected to Aosdana in 2001.

 

The Drawing Board

A team of architecture students from SAUL, the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, was commissioned to design an indoor installation to facilitate the viewing of a documentary film as part of the Table of Contents exhibition. The conception and design of this installation was to become part of this exhibition project on creative practice as an exemplar of architectural creativity. – ‘The Drawing Board’ are Edel Murphy, Diarmuid O’Súilleabháin, Adrian Clery and Jan Frohburg.

Taking inspiration from the many depictions of St Jerome in his study, the Drawing Board proposes creating a ‘room within a room,’ a situation that induces focused attention whilst maintaining a tensioned balance between the imposing presence of LSAD’s Church Gallery and the intimate experience of watching artists’ creations unfold before your eyes. The proposed intervention intends to remove the viewer from the simultaneous confines of the white-walled exhibition space and the former church, and to provide a distinctly different sensorial experience that allows the space to be viewed in a new way.

Set out to control movement, to arrest the visitors’ wanderings through the exhibition the installation guides them around and up into the viewing space. Aiming to create a threshold situation rather than containment, the design explores possibilities of a raised platform in combination with a suspended or transparent envelope. With an interest in slowness comes attention to detail and texture that informs the choice of materials. The design engages materials that combine apparent lightness and sensuality with an assertive strength vis-à-vis the eclectic church interior. – With the project limited to a minimal budget, the design takes recourse to using borrowed materials and rendering an elementary spatial condition by defining two sides of an enclosure and the floor.

 

Anastasia Artemeva

“My current work, Neither Here Nor There, deals with the subject of memories and, being a foreign student in Ireland, I have become concerned with the feeling of homesickness. As I can talk to my friends and family over the phone and it is possible for them to visit me, I can fulfil the need to communicate with them. Still, there is something that I miss about my Motherland. Being put into a different environment, I miss my hometown, the street where I grew up, the school I went to and other places that have a significant meaning to me. By collecting videos of places that are dear to me, I attempted to recreate a feeling that I am at home still being in Ireland.”

Anastasia Artemeva is a third year Sculpture and Combined Media student at Limerick School of Art and Design. Originally from Russia, Anastasia has been living in Ireland for the past six years. Her work was exhibited at various college exhibitions and also at the RDS student Awards travelling exhibition.

 

Christopher Boland

Chris Boland lives and works in Limerick. He is a recent graduate of the Limerick School of art and design and a founding member of Faber Studios. His current work explores drawing and writing as part of his sculptural practice.

 

Elaine Flannery

“I am concerned with the materiality of the materials that I employ; their potency or potential as mediums, whether it is the pooling of ink as it dries on cartridge paper or the print left on raw clay as the print is registered upon it. I am interested in how my actions can suggest an encapsulation of an action or event.

A recurring theme within my practice is the use of multiples, structures, and repetitions. I find myself continually revisiting previous work, taking new elements and relocating them by putting them back into my points of origin.

The role of memory and the central role our body plays in our understanding of time makes it possible for us to simultaneously experience the past and present in the same moment. This can facilitate the reliving of a sensory experience. The ambiguity of the marks and images I’m using allows the viewer to project their own subjective experiences and memories onto the artwork, thereby reliving a particular moment in time.”

Elaine Flannery is an Irish artist based in Wales. She’s a graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design and is currently developing new work through the MA Ceramics programme in the Cardiff School of Art and Design.

 

Gareth Jenkins

“My process led practice or at least its inception is predominantly multidisciplinary, involving photography, sculpture, drawing, model making. They are a collection of visual stimuli that informs my research into colour, form and linearity allowing me to construct concepts of architectonic paintings and sculptures. What I have on display as part of The Table of Contents project/exhibtion is a collection of new objects, paintings and drawings which represent a variety of unrealised works in process. This work does not represent the notion of finished work or a body of work, it is a collection of random concepts that would otherwise not have seen the light of day if it were not for this project. The Table of Contents project has given me the freedom to re-imagine my process and open up my practice to consider other avenues. In other words I am now questioning how my original practice of painting is conceived alongside the concepts of sculpture, ‘The Painting as Object’ or ‘The Sculpture as Painting’, which may recall concepts of modenity and post-modernism.”

Gareth Jenkins was born in Newport, South Wales. He is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design and completed MFA degree in Painting, Research by Practice at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2010.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Nag, The Cross Gallery, Francis Street, Dublin 2010 and M.F.A. Post-Graduate Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin. 2010 He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad.

 

Keith Winter

“My work plays with the production of space and the social architectures that make up a city. I aim to create factitious representations of broken spaces, to alter histories and when appropriate, establish feral territorialisation between temporal boundaries and interruption. I use installation, drawing, video and noise to extrude the social footprints in manscape and present a distorted sense of reality.”

Keith Winter lives and works in Belfast. He has recently shown work in Bahrain, Belfast, Brisbane, Melbourne and New York. Future shows include working with Catalyst Arts in June 2011 and Chiyoda 3331 in Tokyo in November 2011.

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Press Release
Table of Contents L.S.A.D Gallery, 22nd October – 12th November

The public are usually presented with finished works and are often unaware of the diverse strategies used to develop work. Table of Contents offers insight into the creative mind by presenting new work by a range of artists, architects and scientists.

Anastasia Artemevia, a foreign student studying in Limerick, collects videos of places that are dear to her in an attempt to recreate a feeling that she is at home while being in Ireland. The work Neither Here Nor There, deals with the subject of memories and homesickness.

Chris Boland lives and works in Limerick. He is a recent graduate of the Limerick School of art and design and a founding member of Faber Studios. The work in the exhibition explores the relationship between drawing, writing and his sculptural practice.

Elaine Flannery is an Irish artist, currently based in Wales. She is concerned with the materiality of the materials that she employs; their potency or potential as mediums, whether it is the pooling of ink as it dries on cartridge paper or the print left on raw clay as the print is registered upon it. She is interested in how her actions can suggest an encapsulation of an action or event.

Tom Fitzgerald is an artist living in County Limerick. His work practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and temporary environmental interventions. The drawing exhibited describes and unrealizable plan to construct a 200km high glass tower in Ireland.

Gareth Jenkins, currently living in Dublin, shows a collection of new objects, paintings and drawings which represent a variety of unrealized works in process. Jenkins process led practice, or at least its inception, is predominantly multidisciplinary, involving photography, sculpture, drawing, model making. These visual stimuli inform his research into color, form and linearity, allowing him to construct concepts of architectonic paintings and sculptures.

Keith Winter lives and works in Belfast. His work plays with the production of space and the social architectures that make up a city. He aims to create factitious representations of broken

spaces, to alter histories and when appropriate, establish feral territorialisation between temporal boundaries and interruption. He uses installation, drawing, video and noise to extrude the social footprints in manscape and present a distorted sense of reality.

Mary Clare Lyons, a recent graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, responds to Nicolas Bourriaud’s text, Radicant. Bourriaud defines radicant as “setting one’s roots in motion, staging them in heterogeneous contexts and formats, denying them any value as origins, translating ideas, transcoding images, transplanting behaviors, exchanging rather than imposing”.

A commissioned documentary by Daniel Keane will be screened. The film explores the creative practices of visual artists Tom Fitzgerald, David Lilburn, Fiona McDonald, composer Benedict Schlepper Connolly, the Junk Ensemble and botanist Colin Kelleher.

Edel Murphy, Adrian Clery, Diarmuid O Súilleabháin and Jan Frohburg of The Drawing Board were invited to make a proposal for an architectural intervention in the gallery. The creative strategies employed by the architects are demonstrated though research notes, sketches, plans and models.

An installation of salvaged desktops forms a tribute to a decade of spills and thrills at Limerick School of Art and Design.

In addition to featuring the practice of the selected artists and designers, The Table of Contents committee seeks contributions from the wider art and design community and from the general public. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to make their own contribution to the wall of scans, a live collaborative work derived from sketchbooks and research imagery.

A limited edition print of workspaces and text on the creative process edited by Judy Kravis marks the contributions of 92 artists and designers to an online research project, Workspace. An audio work exploring their creative process is narrated by Neil Browne and Carla Burns.

Table of Contents is commissioned and curated by Alan Keane, Róisín Lewis and Peter Morgan. The exhibition forms part of an Incubation project funded by SIF.