UNDERLINE

Janine Davidson/ Frank Wasser/ Séamus McCormack/ Elaine Leader/ Tanya O’Keeffe/ Olivia Hassett

Curated by Orlaith Treacy

Occupy Space, Leamy House, Hartstonge St. Limerick
Reception: June 5th 7pm
Open: June 6th-28th
Wed-Sat. 12-6pm

Underline showcases the work of artists Janine Davidson, Frank Wasser, Séamus McCormack, Elaine Leader, Tanya O’Keeffe and Olivia Hassett. Working site specifically, they have reacted and responded to the underground basement of the historically significant Leamy House exploring its ever changing societal functions as a school, factory, museum, snooker club and venue for the arts. 

This exhibition investigates the public and private in our society, deconstructing and reconstructing that which is hidden and revealed in our past present and future. Each artist takes a different approach to the history, physicality and resonance of the space; Davidson presents us with an immersive video piece that reflects the ephemeral and ethereal in such a historical building. McCormack and Wasser explore text and theatricality; McCormack focuses on the behind the scenes practices in theatre and makes reference to playground school games in an installation dealing with social performance and identity construction, creating liminal space that disorientates or re-orientates perception. Wasser creates a futuristic sci-fi script that explores labour and working conditions utilising the characteristics of the work of art as a decoy for a hidden agenda, to construct a situation which aims to re-negotiate value, function and language, under the dominant culture. This is something that Elaine Leader physically investigates with a model of repetitious office spaces highlighting the impersonal and rigid conditions of the work place and class room, exploring the politics of space. O’Keeffe and Hassett also take a physical but corporeal approach; O’Keeffe uses sensation and the transformative power of touch as a means of communication performatively reacting to her surroundings and allowing the audience to engage with their own corporeal reality. Hassett creates installations which explore notions of the abject body and its potential to be simultaneously grotesque and sublime.  Between Bits, the site specific installation created for Underline draws directly from Hassett's preoccupation with the metaphorical and phenomenological notions of skin as a porous, liminal boundary between public and private aspects of the human body.

Thank you to all at the Frank McCourt Museum, especially to Una Heaton, and The Victoria Snooker Club for their assistance and support. This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.



                                       
Elaine Leader, Untitled, 2014 & Frank Wasser, The Far Right is Here, 2014

                                       
Elaine Leader, Untitled, 2014 & Janine Davidson, An Edge to Perception, 2014

                                       
Elaine Leader, Untitled, balsa wood models, plywood, castors, 2014

                                      
Tanya O'Keeffe, Fancy, 2014 & Frank Wasser, The Far Right is Here, 2014

Frank Wasser, Kipple Fiction, Two-annotated plays, 2014

Frank Wasser, Kipple Fiction, Two-annotated plays, 2014

                                                 
Séamus McCormack, Gobo, Bells, 2014

Séamus McCormack, Gobo, Bells, 2014

Séamus McCormack, Gobo, Video Projection 3 Min 18 sec, 2014

Olivia Hassett, Screened, Mixed Media Installation, 2014

 Olivia Hassett, Screened, Mixed Media Installation, 2014

 Olivia Hassett, Screened, Mixed Media Installation, 2014

Olivia Hassett, Screened, Mixed Media Installation, 2014