Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Sub-plots Invite / Sirius Arts Centre 2012
From September 7th until October 7th 2012 Stephen Brandes, Sarah Iremonger, Marianne Keating and Mick O'Shea will be exhibiting Sub-plots a cross-disciplinary installation at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh Co. Cork.
Sub-plots is the result of an exchange which has been developed between allerArt in Bludenz, Austria and Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh over the last 3 years and is a response to place and a play on the idea that what is presented is not the whole 'story' or 'plot'. Working collaboratively in response to the idea of the 'Alps' (where Bludenz is situated) each artist has engaged with the subject in their own way, though the intention is not to have boundaries between the works but to let them migrate through each other, the vision being a considered arrangement of composites rather than several visions vying for attention.
Stephen Brandes’s participation in the installation, involves the design and production of eight new posters ranging in size from A4 to A0. These posters are suggestive of a golden age of travel, when the previously inaccessible landscapes of the world were opening up to popular imagination and at the same time becoming emblematic of nationalistic endeavour.
From research in Australia, Sarah Iremonger has developed new work for this installation, a mural with text and photographs, based on the work of Austrian/Australian 19th centuary artist Eugene von Guérard whose work is referenced to create a disembodied relationship between the landscape of the Alps at Bludenz and von Guéards landscapes of Australia and in a sense bringing him home.
Marianne Keating has created a text-based work, incorporating the text of French-Cuban author Anais Nin, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are” in reference to the title of the exhibition and how each person can perceive the same event in many different ways. This piece is site-specific, screen-printed wallpaper, that captures the silhouettes of the Austrian alps while created through the use of text.
Mick O’Shea’s sound installation of field recordings including spoken words from the texts used by the other artists at once connects and creates a disembodied atmosphere to the installation.
This exhibition has come about through and exchange between allerArt, Bludenz and the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh.
With thanks to Alfred Graf, Hildegard Gunz, allerArt Bludenz Austria, Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. Desert Knowledge Australia, Outback Business Networks, National Parks Australia, rightbrain.ie, South Tipperary County Council and the Sirius Arts Centre. This project would not have been possible without the help of Culture Ireland.