Sean Lynch Adventure: Capital Pavilion of Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2015 listed in a-n.co.uk ten MUST SEE Pavilions
Interview: —Natalie Hegert
DELOREAN: PROGRESS REPORT
Ronchini Gallery will present DeLorean: Progress Report, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Sean Lynch. The exhibition is comprised of photographs and installations that take as a starting point the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry, outside Belfast, from 1981-2.
Lynch’s practice positions him somewhere between artist and storyteller. He ethnographically reveals unwritten stories and forgotten histories, extracting alternative readings of place, events and artefacts through his work. Lynch explains: A story can be told and described many times, and it begins to narrow down to a particular narrative and content. I am often drawn in to loose ends and footnotes that occur during this process.
ArtReview sent a questionnaire to artists and curators exhibiting in and curating the various national pavilions of the 2015 Venice Biennale, the responses to which will are being published daily in the lead-up to the Venice Biennale opening.
Sean Lynch cited among 5 Irish Artists worthy of collecting:
19 September–18 October 2015
St Carthage Hall
Sean Lynch’s curated exhibition interrogates how landscape is constructed, improvised and bargained with. What are the attitudes at play that underpin human relationship to the environment, and how can allegory and narrative form be utilized to free us from the increasing neoliberal encounters that constrict such encounters? Particular references in the exhibition include tax-dodge building in Ireland, particular works of conceptual art, Pugin’s Catholic fundamentalism, antiquarian watercolours and more. Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Sean Lynch and Tom Fitzgerald
Review by Darren Caffrey
“…based upon the medieval Irish myth of Buile Suibhne, or the Frenzy of Sweeney. Cursed to be half-man, half-bird, Sweeney hopped throughout Ireland lamenting his woes in lyrical verse, until he reached a farmhouse in St. Mullins in Co. Carlow where he found a strange form of kindness, – each evening he was invited to drink milk out of a bowl of cowdung…”1
Fascinating and beautiful images located by artist Sean Lynch on a recent site visit at Arsenale, La Biennale di Venezia. Both include representations of what will be the Irish Pavilion for 2015.
Image 1: Abbot Maffioletto: Arsenale of Venice in 1798 after the invasion of Napoleon. Irish pavilion behind the trees with its roof taken off to show what remains following the sacking of the yards.
Image 2: Jacobo de Barbari: Map of Venice 1500. Irish pavilion somewhere towards the bottom of the image.
9 May–22 November 2015
Preview: 6–8 May
The Irish Pavilion
Artiglierie of the Arsenale
The Irish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia—will present a new artwork by Irish artist Sean Lynch titled 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.
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.
Particular subjects and events have been resurrected through Lynch’s previous enquiries including: Joseph Beuys’s 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.
Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. The Commissioner for the Irish Pavilion in 2015 is Mike Fitzpatrick, Director of Limerick National City of Culture 2014 and Head of School, Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. The Curator is Woodrow Kernohan, Director of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City. Adventure: Capital has been made possible through additional support from partners including The Model, Sligo; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; Ronchini Gallery, London; Limerick City and County Council Arts Office; and Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. Adventure: Capital will subsequently be presented as a touring exhibition throughout Ireland in 2016–17.
About the artist
Sean Lynch (b. 1978, Ireland) lives and works in London and Askeaton, Limerick, Ireland. He studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main and Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. Recent solo exhibitions include Modern Art Oxford (2014); Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane (2013); The Model, Sligo (2012); Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2011–12). Selected group exhibitions include Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2013); IMMA | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011); Camden Arts Centre, London (2010); neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2010). Forthcoming exhibitions include CAPC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux and Lismore Castle Arts. He was awarded the TrAIN International Artist Residency at Gasworks, London (2012) and since 2006 has co-organised the residency and exhibition programme Askeaton Contemporary Arts in County Limerick. Lynch is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, and is author and editor of many artist publications and bookworks.
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