Gwen Wilkinson at the Taylor Gallery, Dublin 8-3 November

Also congratulations to 9 stones artist Gwen Wilkinson, showing new work in a group exhibition entitled Lacuna at the  Taylor Gallery

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8 – 30 November 2013

LACUNA [ 01 ]

Lucy Andrews, Maggie Madden, Seán Molloy, Eveleen Murphy, Helen O’Leary, Gwen Wilkinson
curated by Sabina Mac Mahon & David Quinn

*In Conversation event with artists and curators: 1pm, Saturday 23 November 2013*

LACUNA [ ] is a new curatorial project at Taylor Galleries co-curated by David Quinn and Sabina Mac Mahon. Situated in the first floor exhibition spaces of the gallery at 16 Kildare Street, it is planned as an occasional and on-going series of exhibitions and publications that will run alongside the gallery’s main programme and embrace experimental and enquiring practices in image- and object-making. When an empty space is encountered it can evoke a desire to fill it with something; to make it complete. In addressing this compulsion LACUNA [ ] both asks and answers the question, ‘With what?’.

Six artists have been invited to take part in the first iteration of the series, LACUNA [01]. Rather than asking them to respond to a theme, LACUNA [01] embraces the diversity of their current practices, processes and concerns, offering them a space in which to show new and recent work that encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation, painting and photography.

Gwen  uses an antique Gandolfi half-plate camera dating from the 1870s to produce 6½ x 4½ inch wet plate collodion photographs that are both technically complex and aesthetically beautiful, both as images and as objects.

Invented in 1851, the collodion process produces one-off images on glass (ambrotypes) or tin (tintypes) plates. In Gwen’s series Edifice and A Fine Balance she uses this seemingly out-dated process to explore the built heritage of rural Ireland and the ancient Japanese bonsai cultivation of kokedama (literally translated as ‘moss balls’) suspended on lengths of string.

See more at gwenwilkinson.com