Visual Arts Department instructor Irene Loughlin announces the following exhibitions:
Nov 17-Dec 5, 2014
Digital Wall, Matheson Learning Commons
James A. Gibson Library
Dowsing is a video performance of an invented ritual and a meditation on the rotation of time disassociated from a specific historical moment, but also referencing a time outside of the present via the signifiers of the central figure's clothing. The woman is submerged in an environment that will no longer exist in the future. The objective of this ongoing body of work is to create obscure rituals of modernity 'at and for the end of the world'. The title of this series refers to both a geographic location and a psychic space. Dowsing (and other works in this series presented concurrently at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre Gallery) take place within island and coastal areas (the west coast of Canada, the west coast of Ireland, and Guatemala City) - loci where the presence of water or a lack thereof hangs in the balance.
Concept by Irene Loughlin and Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Direction by Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa. Performance and video editing by Irene Loughlin. Created at the Banff Centre for the Arts and made possible through the financial support of the BC Arts Council.
Irene Loughlin is an Interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersections of performance art, video, installation, sound, painting, drawing and writing. Since 2010, she has lead classes in Interdisciplinary practice, Intermedia, and Foundation Studio at Brock University in the Visual Arts Department.
Concurrent to the screening of Dowsing on the Learning Commons Digital Wall, photographs and drawings from the series 'Clare Projects' and 'Rituals at/for the End of the World' will be featured in the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre Gallery from Nov
17-Nov 30th 2014.
Rituals at/for the end of the world
Nov 17 - Nov 30th 2014
Sean O'Sullivan Lobby, Sean O'Sullivan Theatre,
Monday, Nov 17th 4-6 pm
Clare Projects is a series of
ink drawings created in County Clare, Ireland during a residency at the Burren College of Art in the summer of 2014. The images are reflective of the artist's central studio practice of walking, and were imagined via the frameworks of historical referent, feminism, spiritism, and magic.
Rituals at/for the End of the World is a series of photographs and text constructed in three locations. The first image captures a moment during the Enabled Manifesto collective performance in Berlin, Germany and is accompanied by a manifesto text on neurodiversity that was read aloud during the performance. The second image was constructed in a west Irish field to emphasize the artist's heightened concentration, as if she is looking through time and space. Her body is perched on a bale of hay re-imagined as a sculptural platform. The third image was composed on a rooftop in Guatemala City, and relays a moment of disappearance in which the artist is simultaneously present and absent. The play between aesthetic and physical balance is a central theme of all three images.
Clare Projects and Rituals at/for the End of the World were made possible through funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.