National Sculpture Factory
Summer Lecture Series 2012
Aesthetics, Taste & Judgment
Isabel Nolan (Artist)
WEDS 1st Aug
‘The thing that happens’
Isabel Nolan’s work is an aesthetic examination of how meaning is made. “I’m compelled both by the potential for fixed forms to make instability and contingency concrete, and by the understanding of artworks as events.”
Nolan has shown widely in Ireland and internationally including solo exhibitions in Dublin, Tokyo and Auckland. Most recently Nolan staged major solo shows at the Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France (2012) and The Model, Sligo (2011). She represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition ‘Ireland at Venice 2005’, which was subsequently presented at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork in 2006. Nolan also features in ‘This is Going To Take More Than One Night’, a film project curated by Vaari Claffey recently screened at the Corona Cork Film Festival and at the IFI, Dublin.
All lectures in this series are free and open to all and will happen in the Mezz on the Factory Floor.
The full and extended line up for the FREQUENCIES Series 2012 will be announced shortly. Please check our website for full details.
Sarah Kelleher (Art Historian)
‘Drippy Animals’ – The Grotesque Body in the work of Kurt Schwitters and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
Kelleher will focus on the provocative work of two German Dadaists working between the First and Second World Wars; Kurt Schwitters and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. It will exam the ways in which their work employs the aesthetic of the grotesque or ‘the explosive politics of the body’ in an assault on conventional taste and the interwar drive for the rationalization of the body.
Dr. Fergal Gaynor (Writer, Independent scholar & editor)
Art, Judgment and the Erosion of Public Space
Without a maintained, open, shared space of physical display – a ‘public space’ – art and politics become impossible. It follows, however, that as such public space comes under threat from market, governmental and administrative forces, a new relation of art to politics appears. This talk will draw on the work of Hannah Arendt to propose an alternative understanding of public space in terms of ‘openness to judgment’, using this concept to draw together experiences from the worlds of art practice, art and art institutional curation, critical practice and popular revolt.
Dr. Fergal Gaynor is a writer, independent scholar and editor (with Ed Krčma of art periodical Enclave Review). Born in 1969, he was a founding member of Art / not art with Dobz O’Brien, with whom he worked on the curatorial team of the Cork Caucus in 2005. His first collection of poetry was published by Miami University Press (Oxford, Ohio) in 2011.
Eamonn Maxwell (Curator & Director of Lismore Castle Arts)
The Line Begins To Blur
Eamonn Maxwell will present on the challenges of making in institutional, independent and international contexts and the consideration of aesthetics, taste and judgment for different audiences.
Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, Maxwell has been involved in delivering more than 50 exhibitions. While he was curator at University of the arts london he founded the unique emerging Artists programme. Aside from working with international artists, including Gerard Byrne, Haroon Mirza and Corban Walker (whom he curated the Irish Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale), he has also advised some of the leading collectors of contemporary art. He is the Director of Lismore Castle Arts, County Waterford, Ireland.
These lectures are free and no booking is required, but to avoid disappointment please come early.