Irish international art exhibition Dublin Contemporary will celebrate its inauguration by pooling the work of global artists and showing ‘the resourcefulness that can be squeezed out of tough times,’ say curators.
Locations have been sought across the city, focussing on Earlsfort Terrace where a 6m long ceramic squid by David Zink-Yi will be on show. A copper and lead finish give it this iridescent effect.
Backdropped by economic crisis, curator Viveros-Faune says ‘an exhibition like ours might speak to how crisis and change can serve as catalysts for creativity, possibility and change.’
Other highlights include photos of Congolese guerillas by Irish artist Richard Moose, sculpture by Thomas Hirschorn, installation by Jim Lambie, and a video installation on global financial crisis by Danish artist Superflex.
Earlsfort Terrace will echo the fiscal rectitude espoused by Viveros-Faune. Dublin Contemporary’s production manager has designed a cafe and exhibition shop into the space – ordinarily an education facility – recycling found objects including old library shelves. He has also led the design of a temporary wooden entrance facade.
Irish furniture designers including John Walsh, Anthony Cleary and Karl Metcalf have designed furniture pieces for lounge areas in the building.
Dublin Contemporary 2011, Ireland’s International Art Exhibition runs from 6 September – 31 October 2011. For more details see:www.dublincontemporary.com/home