Ireland will be represented at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – by Sean Lynch with a new body of works 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 banknote rivergods, public art at regional airports, abandoned quarries, a field in Cork and a roundabout in Wexford, on a storytelling journey that explores notions of value and the flow of capital through an anthropological lens.
Ireland at Venice 2015 will be located in the Arsenale section of the Biennale and open to the public from 9 May – 22 November 2015. The Commissioner for Ireland’s Pavilion is Mike Fitzpatrick, Director of Limerick City of Culture 2014, Ireland and Head of School, Limerick School of Art and Design, lit, Ireland. The Curator is Woodrow Kernohan, Director of eva International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City. Ireland at Venice is a Government initiative led by Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Sean Lynch’s multi-media practice positions him somewhere between artist and storyteller. Similar to a historian or ethnographer, he reveals unwritten stories and forgotten histories, extracting alternative readings of place, events and artefacts through his works. Lynch’s projections, photographs and sculptural installations refer to a contemporary form of the Irish Bardic tradition; lost narratives of Irish social and cultural heritage are revived and given new form through his artistic practice.
Peculiar subjects and events have been resurrected through Lynch’s artistic investigations, 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 carvings made by Irish stone-carvers, the O’Shea brothers, in Oxford, UK; exploring socially conservative reactions to modern art in Ireland; working with the fast-food outlet on the site of the first museum in the UK, and locating repurposed remnants of the infamous DeLorean car factory at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The exhibition will subsequently tour to acclaimed Irish and International institutions during 2016 – 17.
Location: Artiglierie of the Arsenale, Venezia La Biennale di Venezia Dates 9 May – 22 November 2015 Vaporetto Arsenale
THRILLINGLY for Limerick, the Ireland team at the 56th International Art Exhibition in Venice for 2015 (Ireland at Venice) is Limerick based and high profile in international exhibition experience.
Mike Fitzpatrick at EVA 2012’s ‘After the Future’
The Commissioner for 2015 is LSAD chief/ City of Culture artistic director Mike Fitzpatrick who has rich experience at the Biennale since his time heading up Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Fitzpatrick will work with curator Woodrow Kernohan (Eva International director (2012-2014) to present the work of LSAD trained artist, Sean Lynch.
Lynch, who operates out of Askeaton, Limerick and Germany, had his work described by Arts Council director Orlaith McBride as “particularly intriguing and unique, finding wonderful pathways for the public into hidden or forgotten histories”.
Arts Council, backer of Ireland at Venice, will support a subsequent Irish tour for the 56th International Art Exhibition in 2016.