Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital International Tour Begins

Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital International Tour Begins

Golden Thread Gallery is pleased to launch the international tour of Adventure: Capital, a new artwork by artist Sean Lynch that was commissioned for Ireland at Venice 2015, the Irish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Visited by over 400,000 people during the world’s most prestigious visual arts exhibition, Adventure: Capital toured across the Republic of Ireland during 2016, with presentations at Limerick City Gallery of Art; The Model, Sligo; and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. The international tour of Ireland’s entry into the 56th Venice Biennale will be opened on the 1st of September at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, before opening at Rose Art Museum, Boston on the 10th of September.

Adventure: Capital is Sean Lynch’s most ambitious project to date and traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain, combining 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. Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment.

Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents two additional works: a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016) and Latoon (2006–2015). Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016) investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following national controversy around the finding of the Derrynaflan Hoard, a medieval treasure trove uncovered in the 1980s, the state hastily placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of promotional videos, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws, where ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.

Latoon (2006–2015) features folklorist and storyteller Eddie Lenihan, who in 1999 campaigned to save a whitethorn bush from being destroyed by the construction of a €90 million road scheme in Latoon, County Clare. Lenihan claimed that the bush is an important meeting place for supernatural forces of the region, and warned that its destruction would result in death and great misfortune for motorists travelling on the proposed new road. His campaign was featured on CNN and in The New York Times. Clare County Council, acting on his advice, eventually changed the direction of the road away from the bush. In 2006, Lenihan agrees to further explain the significance of the bush. Arriving at Junction 11 of the M20 motorway accompanied by a local television production crew, we encounter the construction of another road nearby, and the bush once more seems to be in danger.

Speaking in advance of the opening, Curator of Adventure: Capital, Woodrow Kernohan, Director of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial said, “This is the first exhibition of the international tour of Ireland at Venice 2015. During the Irish Tour across the Republic, Adventure: Capital evolved with each iteration – offering audiences something new and unique at each location. For its presentation at Golden Thread Gallery, Adventure: Capital will be shown in a new configuration alongside two of Sean Lynch’s playfully political projects, exploring folklore and road building, legislation and heritage.”

Mike Fitzpatrick, Commissioner for the Irish Pavilion in 2015, Director of Limerick’s European Capital of Culture 2020 bid and Head of School, Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT said “The success of Adventure: Capital at the 2015 Venice Biennale and across Ireland shows that Sean Lynch can take his place among Ireland’s most exciting and interesting artists.”

A free Adventure: Capital publication with a text by curator Woodrow Kernohan will be available within the exhibition.

Adventure: Capital opens at RHA, Dublin

Adventure: Capital opens at RHA, Dublin

Adventure: Capital at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin opens on Thursday 7 July from 6 to 8pm as part of the official tour of Ireland’s entry into the 56th Venice Biennale, Adventure: Capital by artist Sean Lynch. Visited by over 400,000 people during the world’s most prestigious visual arts exhibition in 2015, Adventure: Capital will come to the RHA from 8 July – 21 August as part of the Irish Tour.

Adventure: Capital is Sean Lynch’s most ambitious project to date and traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain, combining 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.

Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment – through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.

Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016), that investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following national controversy around the finding of the Derrynaflan Hoard, a medieval treasure trove uncovered in the 1980s, the state hastily placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of promotional videos, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws, where ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.

A free Adventure: Capital publication with a text by curator Woodrow Kernohan is available within the exhibition. To coincide with his exhibition at the RHA, Sean Lynch will also present a new installation at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery that opens on Wednesday July 6 entitled Scrapyard Carnival.

The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

Opening of Adventure: Capital at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
7 July, 6 to 8pm

Irish Tour dates:

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
7 July – 21 August 2016

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
1 September – 15 October 2016

The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

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Ireland at Venice in the News

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The Pavilion of Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia appeared in over 20 printed publications and over 100 online publications, reaching an audience of 290 million. Adventure: Capital received more than 400,000 visitors and has now begun its Irish tour at the Limerick City Gallery.

What the critics had to say:

“For the Irish Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Sean Lynch finds relationships between disparate objects and imagines material with history and ambition”

Emma Geliot – CCQ – Summer 2015

 

“By mixing anecdotal history with ‘official’ art history, everyday experience with museum-style preciousness and learned with unlearned opinion, Ireland’s representative at this year’s Venice Biennale offers viewers a practical insight into the point of standing around and looking at art.”

Chris Fite Wassilak – ArtReview – May 2015

 

“In the Irish pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, titled “Adventure: Capital,” Lynch elevates his bardic technique to epic scale, turning an anthropological lens on the sprawl of late capitalism and its two-way causal relationships with European history.”

Artsy.net – 4 May 2015

 

“Sean Lynch, the industrious powerhouse of creatively conceptual art in Ireland, is to represent the country at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – this year, with a new of work entitled Adventure: Capital.”

Cara, Aer Lingus – April/May 2015

 

“Representing the Irish Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Lynch’s installation Adventure: Capital finds a thread between “Greek river gods; public art at regional airports; quarries and the art of stone-carving; an abandoned sculpture in Cork; and a traffic roundabout.””

Natalie Hegert – ArtSlant.com – 29 April 2015

 

“Lynch’s planned work, titled Adventure: Capital will be his most ambitious project yet.”

Christie Chiu – ArtNet.com – 19 December 2014

 

“Lynch’s Venetian project is titled Adventure: Capital and promises to take the visitor “from myth to minimalism” using narratives, sites and objects from in and around Ireland and Britain… Sean Lynch at Venice is something to see if you can.”

Aidan Dunne – The Irish Times – 13 January 2015

 

“Better are the Chilean and Irish pavilions…the latter, by Sean Lynch, connects the flow of capital to Venice’s water-bound wealth through a series of stone sculptures and a video installation. Art as artefact, artist as historian, storyteller, ethnographer.”

Alice Spawls – London Review of Books – 18 June 2015

 

The Sunday Business Post Magazine | 10 January 2016 | Interview with Sean Lynch

 

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The Sunday Business Post’s Fiona Ness interviewed Sean Lynch ahead of the Irish tour of Ireland at Venice.

“Artist Sean Lynch represented Ireland last year at the 54th Venice Biennale. His artwork shines a light on hitherto forgotten historical subjects, objects or events of cultural significance. During 2016, his Adventure: Capital exhibition will tour Ireland, beginning in Limerick City Gallery of Art on January 21. It is being hailed by critics as essential viewing. …”

Click on the image to read the interview in full or access it online here: www.businesspost.ie

The Irish Tour

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Ireland at Venice: The Irish Tour

Adventure: Capital returns to Ireland after celebrated success at Venice Biennale. The Pavilion of Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition presented 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 is 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. Over 400,000 people visited this exhibition in Venice and now it will tour Ireland.

21 January – 24 March 2016

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Alongside Adventure: Capital at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Sean Lynch will also present previous projects: A Church Without A Steeple (2012) courtesy of the Arts Council Collection, A Rocky Road (2011), Peregrine Falcons Visit Moyross (2008), Bill Clinton (2007), Reconstruction of Irish Energies (2007) and Latoon (2006–2015).

 

9 April – 5 June 2016

The Model, Sligo

 

7 July – 21 August 2016

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

 

1 September – 15 October 2016

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Adventure: Capital presented as part of the Google Cultural Institute pilot scheme for Venice Biennale

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Ireland at Venice Pavilion for Google Cultural Institute

 

Press Release:

La Biennale di Venezia and Google Cultural Institute together for the Biennale Arte 2015

See the Biennale Arte after it’s gone and experience the exhibition online for the first time on g.co/biennalearte2015

21 October 2015 – La Biennale di Venezia and the Google Cultural Institute announced that they are making a selection of artworks and pavilions from the Biennale Arte 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor, available online on the Google Cultural Institute. The collaboration was announced today in Rome at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in the presence of the Minister Dario Franceschini, by the President of La Biennale di Venezia Paolo Baratta and the Director of the Google Cultural Institute, Amit Sood.

The project, thanks to the cutting edge technology developed by the Google Cultural Institute, is a first experiment aimed at expanding the possibilities of bringing people closer to the Biennale Arte 2015. On the one hand, it will encourage those who want to explore the exhibition before setting off for Venice, while on the other, it will allow to capture highlight of the exhibition so people can experience the artworks online after the closure of the Biennale Arte on November 22nd, 2015.

Starting from today, in the final month of the Biennale Arte, the International Exhibition and the exhibits of 80 Countries in 70 National Pavilions will be accessible online on g.co/biennalearte2015 and www.labiennale.org/en/art/online-2015exhibition/. Viewers will be able to browse a diverse collection of more than 4,000 artworks and photos in multiple digital exhibitions. Users will also be able to see 360 degree panoramic views of the internal and external exhibitions at Giardini and the Arsenale thanks to more than 80 sites photographed with Street View technology.

The Google Cultural Institute, alongside La Biennale di Venezia, has also created an app for mobile devices which can be downloaded from the Google Play store which grants access to the digital exhibition and allows users to explore two virtual tours using Google Cardboard, a simple virtual reality viewer.

“The collaboration between La Biennale di Venezia and the Google Cultural Institute confirms just how much of a great ally technology can be in appreciating our cultural heritage,” said the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, who also underlined “the importance of technical innovation in broadening cultural communication, in creating new ways of use and overcoming distances, as well as encouraging greater dialogue.”

“This collaboration with Google is the first and a very important experiment, which I believe can be further developed in the future in a variety of possible, if yet still unknown ways,” said Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia. “We’ll do our best! With more technological abilities we’ll be able to better link them with a stronger editorial ability, making better use of technology both for our documentation as well as to support the public. This bet on using modern technologies is most definitely not aimed to substitute the experience in person with virtual viewing, but, on the contrary, to compliment and enrich the direct viewing experience.”

“We are proud to work with La Biennale di Venezia, a world-leading exhibition that brings many countries, cultures and their approaches to art to the center of the cultural debate” said Amit Sood, Director of the Google Cultural Institute. “The Internet is a powerful tool for the democratization of art and culture, a force that helps cultural institutions to extend their impact. It empowers cultural institutions to make their artworks and treasures accessible to a greater number of people in the world and preserve them for the future”.


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