In 2012, Gimena Blanco was selected for the second Ormston House Graduate Award by Paul Sullivan (Architect & Director of Static Gallery, Liverpool). The annual award recognizes an outstanding student at Limerick School of Art & Design whose work embraces risk, challenges conceptual or aesthetic convention & shows promising direction. The format of the award is to provide guidance and support for the student, as he/she transitions from undergraduate education to professional practice, in developing a solo exhibition over the course of a year.
Since graduating, Blanco has built on the strength of her degree show presentation – on spatial reasoning, information systems and the mechanisms of image construction – to present PLANAR, an exhibition of new works, a site-specific commission for our four-bay window arcade and an in-conversation publication with Mary Conlon, Achilles, the Tortoise and other special guests. This body of work is a series of statements about space but not necessarily a straight sentence. As the title suggests, the artist’s research interests include architecture, geography and mathematics, more specifically a string of theories that propose non-linear perspectives and shifts in logic from absolute to relative truth.
The photographic works play with our need to categorise and classify in order to impose a certain logic on the world versus the disruption and chaos we create on entering the frame. The artist modifies the lighting system, the expected colour scheme of the gallery and the visibility through our large windows to create a network of unanchored flows that change direction throughout the day.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Project & Bursary Awards.
Exhibition dates: 21 Sept – 5 Oct 2013
Site-specific commission: 21 Sept – 23 Nov 2013
Image: Gimena Blanco, Real life reasserted itself (kernel panic) (2013), colour inkjet print mounted on dibond, 235 x 350 mm, courtesy of the artist.