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KERLIN GALLERY

Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2
00 353 1 670 9093

http://www.kerlingallery.com
gallery@kerlin.ie

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Click to enlargeGERARD BYRNE BEASTS
Jan 27 - Feb 27, 2021
'Beasts', a series of black-and-white, silver gelatin photographs was shot inside the Biologiska museet, Stockholm, a museum which housed a 360-degree diorama depicting a panoramic sweep of the Nordic wilderness, in an elaborate mise-en-scène combining taxidermy with a painted backdrop. The museum remained almost unchanged between 1893 and its unexpected closure midway through Byrne’s production, in 2017.
 
The artist’s interest in the museum was first inspired by the peculiar visual appearance of the diorama, which is illuminated solely by natural light entering from roof skylights. For Byrne, this dependence on daylight blurred the distinction between museum and camera. With its skylights functioning as lens aperture and its diorama of taxidermy animals poised in frozen photographic stasis, the Biologiska museet appeared proto-photographic, it’s diorama a foreshadow of the Photograph itself. 'Beasts' is testament to in-animation; each print pictures the carefully poised relationship between photography and deadness.
 
Byrne also made a film inside the diorama, 'Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli' (Film Inside an Image) 2015-2016. Presented as a Single Channel film and back projected onto a sculptural environment the work is played on a continuous loop. Byrne’s film takes us on a sweeping, never-ending journey though the 360 degree diorama of the Biologiska museet in Stockholm. The unsettling experience is amplified by the accompanying sound track, a multi-layered cacophony of animal calls, bird songs and various other sounds of the wild.
 
'Beasts' and 'Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli' (Film Inside an Image) invite us in and around the impossible scene of arrested Nordic wilderness, lit only by limited natural light to ponder such photographic attributes as stasis itself, seamlessness, dust, and the shifting historical contingencies that determine what is a photograph at a given cultural moment.
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LAWRENCE WEINER
Feb 10 - Apr 3, 2021
Kerlin Gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition by Lawrence Weiner.
 
When restrictions lift, we welcome you to visit the show in person. In the meantime, to celebrate the artist's 79th birthday we invite you to view the show online.
 
This will be Lawrence Weiner’s first solo show at Kerlin Gallery and his first solo show in Ireland in 28 years. The exhibition is comprised of three sculptures and three works on paper. The sculptures in text, ‘HELD JUST ABOVE THE CURRENT’, ‘IN LINE WITH SOMETHING ELSE’ and ‘PUT WITH THE OTHER THINGS’ are presented in Irish and English and are scaled to fill the length of the walls, creating a new, immersive experience in the gallery space.
 
In 1968, a historic year of political and cultural change Lawrence Weiner published his brilliantly concise ‘declaration of intent’ and in so doing laid out a framework for a new and radical approach to art production:
 
1. THE ARTIST MAY CONSTRUCT THE WORK
2. THE WORK MAY BE FABRICATED
3. THE WORK NEED NOT BE BUILT
 
EACH BEING EQUAL AND CONSISTENT WITH THE INTENT OF THE ARTIST THE DECISION AS TO CONDITION RESTS WITH THE RECEIVER UPON THE OCCASION OF RECEIVERSHIP
 
Weiner clearly articulated a pivotal moment, at once accepting the history of art production and proposing a new approach to art without a physical form. He established himself as a central figure in the formation of Conceptual Art and kickstarted a life-long commitment to language as sculpture defining his medium simply as ‘language + the materials referred to'. In the 53 years since, Weiner has become a towering figure in international contemporary art with a singular and seminal body of work, democratically available to all not only on the walls of museums or galleries but throughout our shared space as public art or spoken word recordings, song lyrics, printed books, posters, concert tickets, manhole covers, websites or tattoos to name but only some examples.

KATHY PRENDERGAST
Mar 6 - Apr 3, 2021

DANIEL RIOS RODRIGUEZ
Apr 10 - May 8, 2021

ELIZABETH MAGILL
May 15 - Jun 19, 2021

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