Ormston House's inaugural members' exhibition:
Undertow, a curated project by Aideen Barry and Alice Maher presenting the work of 11 Irish and international artists, opening Wednesday 14 December 2011, 6-8pm.
The artists are Gimena Blanco, Paul Hallahan, Lisa Marie Johnson, Ali Kirby, Karin Lindholm, Veronica Nicholson, Will O'Kane, Padraig Robinson, Kristian Smith, Ruby Wallis and Ian Wieczorek.
Undertow is that which flows beneath the surface. An undertow is a current that runs counter to, or in hidden parallel with the main current. The world beneath the surface is one of refracted imagery and unseen forces. We think we know what is there but we are not sure of its true form and density. In psychological terms we may fear the undertow because we cannot see it clearly, or we may indeed be attracted to its dangerous depths. What appears readable on the surface may at a deeper level be totally contrary to that reading. It is with this premise in mind that Aideen Barry and Alice Maher selected the work of 11 artists from the OrmstonHouse membership, carefully orchestrating a conversation with the artists, the space and the very public and historic environment in which these works will be presented, they have selected work that ranges from the absurd to the banal, to the comical, to the abject. Areas of alternative, forbidden or unseen lifestyles and practices are key to the curatorial discourse surrounding Undertow and audiences will be drawn into the counter-current beneath the glassy surfaces of reality.