THE Visual Centre in Carlow is currently running a very successful collection of exhibitions, many of which still have some weeks left on show.
Exhibtions showing include ‘Everything can be done, in principle’ by Brian Duggan, finishing on Sunday August 26, curated by Helen Carey; ‘Accumulation’ by Anthony Lyttle, finishing Sunday September 16; and ‘Vanishing Ireland’ by Turtle Bunbury and James Fennell Finishing Sunday August 26.
In ‘Everything can be done, in principle’, you enter a world that is both private and public, that has both history and the present, and a place where the joy of skating can open up new ways of thinking and asking questions. As he continues his enquiries into overlooked critical moments, whether manifest in events, objects or rituals, Brian Duggan has chosen the monumental scale that can only be done in the Visual Contemporary Art Centre, Carlow, marking these times in this place.
Anthony Lyttle’s large scale drawings are made on thin A2 layout paper, marked black with a marker. White pigment is then drawn over the black, to partly obliterate while simultaneously revealing something of the layer below. The physical process of marking the paper is central to creating the drawings.
The Vanishing Ireland project began in 2001 when writer Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell began to interview people of senior vintage in County Carlow, many of whom were connected to the Lisnavagh estate near Rathvilly. In 2003, the duo embarked upon the first of many extensive tours of Ireland to chronicle a world that is rapidly disappearing. They have now produced three volumes of the award-winning series.