Coinciding with the exhibition Whitewashing the Moon, Project Arts Centre continues its new experimental Grotto series with the site-specific installation by Kevin Kirwan, entitled Here’s To You.
Engaging with the idea of the cabinet as a museological showcase, Kirwan subverts conventional modes of display to activate an ambiguous narrative, constructed around the presentation of a single (but unfixed) image, held in place and displayed by a harmonica holder. Here’s To You unites a sense of personal sentimentality with an air of public austerity, combining the familiar 4x6inch glossy photograph with velveteen-smooth museum settings. Suddenly the apparent meaning and value of the image is de-contextualised, and the dis-connect between two totally unrelated objects (harmonica holder and glossy photograph) empowers both of them to transform themselves into something greater than their initial state.Throughout the year, more emerging artists will be invited to re-imagine the Grotto, and given carte blanche in how they conceptualise and re-invent this space.
Kevin Kirwan (b. Dublin, 1985) lives and works in Dublin. As an image-maker Kirwan draws on the materials, situations and ideas that he comes across in everyday life and subverts or complicates them to illustrate a universal narrative. His work is predominantly lens based. Kirwan studies at the Crawford College of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design. He is a founding member of Ormond Studios. Recent exhibitions include Transitive Relationships, Limerick City Gallery (2012); All Humans Do, Whitebox, Manhattan, curated by Aoife Tunney and Chris Fite-Wassilak (2011); Dark Energy, Firestation Studios, Dublin (2011) and It went like this, Cake contemporary arts, Co. Kildare, curated by Rayne Booth (2011).
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