A Life Of Their Own: 26 April – 30 September 2008


Kate Atkin, Matt Calderwood, Roger Hiorns, Rosalind Nashashibi & Lucy Skaer, Eva Rothschild, Conrad Shawcross, Daniel Silver and Kate Terry.

A LIFE OF THEIR OWN is an exciting and ambitious exhibition bringing together nine leading young artists, most of them exhibiting in Ireland for the first time. Renowned art critic and historian, Richard Cork has curated a show that will transform the gallery at Lismore Castle with installations, screenings and sculpture that offer a challenge to what art in general, and sculpture in particular, might be.

Lismore Castle Arts will host a series of public talks and events offering visitors a unique opportunity to meet and interact with artists, curators and specialists. The first of these, a keynote address by curator Richard Cork, will take place on Saturday April 26th. Richard Cork is a leading art critic, historian, broadcaster and prize-winning author. He has curated several prestigious exhibitions in the UK, including ones at the Royal Academy, Tate and Hayward Galleries. ‘A Life of Their Own’ is Cork’s first show in Ireland.




June 8th: Dr Peter Harbison (Professor of Archaeology, Royal Hibernian Academy) MEDIAEVAL SCULPTURE

July 6t : Raymond Ryan (Curator, Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum) ART & SPACES NOW

August 10th: Richard Cork, Kate Atkin, Roger Hiorns PANEL DISCUSSION

Lismore Castle Arts was founded in 2005 and is committed to presenting ambitious and challenging work by world renowned artists. Previous exhibitions have included a solo show from Richard Long, a unique collaboration with the Rubell Family Collection from Miami and group shows featuring work by Matthew Barney, Gregor Schneider, Dorothy Cross, Richard Billingham, Michael Craig-Martin and Gerard Byrne.

Although this year’s group of artists belong to the same generation, and have emerged in the opening years of the present century, they are not impelled by the urge to band together and announce the birth of a unified new group. They ambush us with alternative proposals and continually catch the viewer off-balance. Roger Hiorns works inventively with resources as diverse as steel, thistles, ceramic, BMW engines, wood, photography, disinfectant, foam and urine. Eva Rothschild is equally unpredictable, forever experimenting with unconventional materials as she sets imposing bulk against fragile linearity. Matt Calderwood takes the thrusting dynamism of concrete urban architecture as his starting-point, but ends up undermining its solidity and strength. Kate Atkin invades the spectator’s space with dark, ominous protuberances, bursting out of their confines. And Conrad Shawcross often sets his sculpture in motion, surging through the room as it flings fierce, sinister shadows on every available surface.

At another extreme Kate Terry uses threads, pinning them to the walls and then guiding them as they twist and turn in ethereal, web-like veils which alter our perception of space. But Daniel Silver roams freely through the entire history of sculpture, reasserting the ancient idea of carved heads on plinths in order to explore suffering, mortality and the will to survive.

Sculptural tradition is also confronted in an experimental film by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer, who invaded New York’s Metropolitan Museum at night and, with the aid of a flashing strobic light, made even the oldest carvings on display there look caught unawares. Like all the other exhibits in the rest of Lismore Castle’s new show, these haunting images take on an unexpected life of their own.

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