Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital, 2014–15. Projected colour image. Courtesy of Ireland at Venice; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Ronchini Gallery, London.

The Pavilion of Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – will present a new artwork by Irish artist Sean Lynch entitled Adventure: Capital that traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain. Combining sculptural, video and archival elements, Adventure: Capital will be Lynch’s most ambitious project to date, bringing together: Greek river gods; public art at regional airports; quarries and the art of stone-carving; an abandoned sculpture in Cork; and a traffic roundabout, on a storytelling journey that unravels notions of value and the flow of capital through an anthropological lens.

Excerpt from: Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital, 2014–15. Projected colour image. Courtesy of Ireland at Venice; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Ronchini Gallery, London.

Sean Lynch forensically investigates anecdotes, hearsay and half-truths, unearthing marginalised stories that have been overlooked or fallen by the wayside. His idiosyncratic, yet meticulous research and fieldwork, absorbs these disparate fragments – social and cultural blind spots – and forms them into alternative arrangements of history, opening up new understandings of our world. For Adventure: Capital, Lynch’s narrative inhabits a wandering spirit, encountering the hegemonic structures and entwined flows of capital, migration, and neoliberal spatiality. Through his ethnographic methodology and allegory, Lynch playfully evokes the Irish bardic tradition, interrogating the complex motifs that connect an individual to a historically determinate environment and society.

Please click here to download the Adventure: Capital exhibition guide.

Particular subjects and events have been resurrected through Lynch’s previous enquiries including: Joseph Beuys’ visit to Ireland in 1974; Celtic Revival architecture; and the mythical island of HyBrazil. Recent acclaimed projects have seen Lynch uncovering illicit sculptures made by Irish stone-carvers, the O’Shea brothers, in Oxford; exploring socially conservative reactions and vandalism to modern art in Ireland; working with the fast-food outlet on the site of the first museum in Britain; and locating repurposed remnants of the infamous DeLorean car factory at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Subsequent to its presentation at La Biennale di Venezia, Adventure: Capital will tour throughout Ireland during 2016.


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