Marilyn Gaffney (Ireland): 'Willow Anamnesis' (detail), mixed media 50 x 50 cm 2015
Johnston Farnham Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled ‘Landscape and Memory’ curated by visual artist Marilyn Gaffney. The exhibition comprises the work of 22 international artists.
The exhibtion opening was conducted last Thursday 23 April by Arts Officer, Catriona O'Reilly. A Skype presentation took place with a selection of the international artists Marta Miranda (Argentina), Dawidek Gryglicka (Poland), Nikolaos Lamprinos (Greece) and Vera L.P. Cauwenberghs (Belgium) where they spoke about the project and the work they have on display for the exhibition. Marilyn Gaffney read text translated from Spanish to English on the project by Marta Miranda (writer).
Judith Mazzucco (USA): Horse Racing on the North Sea # 2, 18”x24”, Digital photograph
One of our deepest needs is for a sense of identity, belonging and human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. Landscape therefore is not simply what we see, but a way of seeing. We see it with our eye but interpret it with our mind and ascribe values to landscape for intangible spiritual reasons. Landscape can therefore be seen as a cultural construct in which our sense of place and memories are inherent.
Stuart Gibson (UK): Antique Shop Alley Parking, Variable Dimensions, Digital Photograph
This group of artists gathered to talk in one shared language on the matter of memory and landscape. Since the landscape changed across time for them, and as much as their eyes allowed, becoming their own. Many of them have come from other countries and cultures, adding to the personal voyage, the re- interpretation of the land through different experience and through the articulation of ideas in different languages.
Nikolaos Lamprinos (Greece): ‘‘Landscape 5''; 70 X100''; acrylic on canvas
The landscape then changes, subtly transformed by memory, acquiring multiple forms: abstract digitized photos to fine painting; children playing in bucolic gardens that the artist eye turns sinister, portraits disintegrate to pixels, the human body as a textual form and repository for memories, human impact on the land, stating what matters is the personal voyage, the unique experience under the set point Memory and Landscape.
This exhibition is taking a step into the computer screen to bring the combined international artists together, into a ‘real’ space and ‘real’ artwork that we get a true sense of.
Exhibiting artists include: Malgorzata Dawidek Gryglicka (Poland), Nikolaos Lamprinos (Greece), Carly Zufelt (USA), Judith Mazzucco, (USA), Elena Feijoo (USA), Marilyn Gaffney (Ireland), Karen Esteves (USA), Madaline Walker (USA), Elaine Catherine Miller (USA), Tomás Castaño (Spain), Sasha Romashko (Ukraine), Stuart Gibson (USA), Andrew Reid Wildman (Great Britain), Xiaohong Zhang (USA), Reyhaneh Afzalian Naini (Iran), Marta Miranda (Argentina), Yami (France), Klaus Pinter (Austria), Vera L.P. Cauwenberghs (Belgium), Rachel Lin Weaver (USA), Courtney A. Henderson (USA), Zedekiah Schild (USA).
The exhibition runs until 22 May and takes place during the Bealtaine Festival 2015. Public viewing opened until 16 May.
Download the Landscape and Memory Catelogue here.
Watch the Digial Display of Artworks here.