Tomorrow (Fri 5 June) some of my photos will be appearing as part of shows in two fairly massive exhibitions. In Ireland, it does not get much bigger than the NCAD Graduate Show in terms of attendance and interest. In the global art world, it does not get much bigger than the ‘Art Olympics’ craziness that is the Venice Biennale. Of course, these aren’t my exhibitions, so my biggest worry at this point is surviving the mayhem of the Dan Deacon gig in Andrew’s Lane tonight.
I graduated from Sculpture in NCAD in 2007 and had my degree show out in Red Square in the traditional sunshine that always seems to greet the opening night. This year, I’ve been helping/working/being a slave for the wonderful Fiona Daly as she put together her show for the Textile Design department. While a lot of my contribution has been of the building/planning/making-the-tea variety, I also got the chance to do a good bit of photography with her. We did one big shoot a while ago down in Donadea and also documented a lot of her recent work and all this will appear both as a part of her main installation and her lovely business cards & portfolio. The show will, of course, also feature astoundingly brilliant work by tonnes (tonnes = approx. 140) of other students graduating from the different departments and the MA courses as well. The opening is tomorrow from 6 – 9pm, but if you’d rather avoid the thousands of visitors then the show is open until the 14th.
This year is the 53rd Venice Biennale and the director, Daniel Birnbaum, has given it a theme of ‘Making Worlds’. The Irish pavillion is being curated by Caoímhín Corrigan and features the work of Gareth Kennedy, Sarah Browne and their collaborative alter-ego Kennedy Browne. I worked with Gareth and Sarah back in the Spring on the Kennedy Browne piece, entitled ‘167’. The video piece references Dublin as a city of 167 languages, Google’s selection of Dublin as an international base for this reason and a quote from Milton Friedman about the humble pencil. I shot stills at both major filming stages of the project at Liberty Hall, some of which are now online at the IrelandVenice website and some will be used in the catalogue/press stuff over in Venice. Party time is seemingly all day tomorrow at the Irish Pavillion, with NCAD holding a talk in the morning and Visual Artists Ireland launching Issue 11 of Printed Project (which I also worked on) before the opening of the show itself in the evening. The Biennale opens to the public on Sunday 7th June and continues until the end of November.
I’ve kept the photos from both Fiona and Kennedy Browne’s shows locked away until now to maintain some element of surprise, but I’ve included some more sneak previews below and a further update on my Flickr will happen if and when I sober up later in the weekend.