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FOLLY: Art after Architecture

Artists: Jeff Carter, Blaise Drummond, Laura Gannon, Pierre Huyghe, Chris Mottalini, Eamon O'Kane, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jane & Louise Wilson.

curated by Gary Boyd and Fiona Kearney

Gallery 1, Sisk Galleries, 22 November 2013 - 23 March 2014


FOLLY brings together Irish and international contemporary artists whose work has been inspired by iconic buildings of architectural modernism. From Eileen Gray’s seminal E1027 to Mies Van der Rohe’s restored Farnsworth House, Paul Rudolph’s demolished residences to Walter Gropius’s imagined Chicago Tribune Tower, the buildings referenced in FOLLY have had a mixed collection of fates.

Their presence in this exhibition affords them another afterlife. The qualities that make the architecture significant are played-with, exposed, re-canonised, made ambiguous, and eulogised. By creating fictional
moments, questioning conventional documentation or excavating troubled histories of production, each artist invites you to think about how we experience and understand architecture today.

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, the Centre for Architectural Education UCC/CIT, and the British Council.

Fiona Kearney will lead a free curatorial tour of the exhibition at 1pm on Friday 21 March 2014.

Gary Boyd is currently Reader in Architecture at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queens University Belfast. He is co-curator of the 2014 Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Fiona Kearney is Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. In this role, she has curated Through the Looking Glass: Childhood in Contemporary Photography, Living/Loss: The Experience of Illness in Art, and for the Galleria Civica di Modena, Island: New Art from Ireland.

The image above is from the work Film Script, a series of 6 drawings in black ink on watercolour paper by artist Laura Gannon. The work refers to the architect Eileen Grey whose E1027 house Gannon explores in her film A house in Cap-Martin