Michael Boran__Ursula Burke__Gerard Byrne__Sinéad Cahalan__Patricia Chan__Daniel de Chenu__Gary Coyle__Martin Cregg__Mark Curran__Ciaran Dolan__Seán Hillen__Dragana Jurisic__Ros Kavanagh__Emelie Lidström__Paul Lynam__Sean Lynch__Ruth McHugh__Conor Masterson__Suzanne Mooney__Mick O’Kelly__Ian O’Neill__Aindréas Scholz__Dominic Turner__Ruth Tutty__Kieron J. Walsh
Landscape Photography from the Irish State Art Collection, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Oct – Dec 2011

The land has never been represented objectively, and even the most unadventurous, chocolate box landscape is never neutral. That beauty is a human construct, assists us in understanding the important distinction between ‘land’ and landscape. To say a pleasing scene is ‘picturesque’ is to acknowledge the weight of art history and its linguistic framing. Since the fifties, art dealing with our ideas of landscape have grappled with our increasingly problematic relationship to nature. Issues surrounding the ubiquitous influence of human presence in nature are rarely out of the picture. Unlike other images, the vista of a landscape is almost always public, and common themes such as urban sprawl, movements in ecology, and our commodification of the environment all have a part to play in these studies. The artists in this exhibition deal with these topics, as well as addressing personal photographic vision, and typographies; looking at both microcosms that lead the mind to amplify to vaster scapes, and wide vistas reduced to specifics, creating non-prescriptive, personal symbologies.

SOURCE MAGAZINE REVIEW BY COLIN GRAHAM, CLICK HERE FOR PDF
TO VIEW THE EIGHTY PAGE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, CLICK HERE
ADRIAN REILLY’S EXHIBITION ESSAY, CLICK HERE FOR PDF

Ancillary events:
Curator’s talk – 12th Nov 2011

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