In June 2014 the painter Bernhard Gaul sent a letter to The LFTT requesting to work with book 1515 (Poussin by Walter Friedlaender) from his studio in Corgreaghy, Co. Monaghan. Often using an existing painting as a foil to work against, Gaul describes painting as a ‘social praxis’ and ‘poetic experience; a process of finding positions in response to external parameters’. Gaul originally studied theatre, film and media and first came to painting in 1991 with a study of the centre piece of Uccello’s ‘Battle of San Romano’, in which segments of a reproduction were copied onto 99 wooden blocks and later assembled as a fragmented painting. In contrast with the immediacy of theatre Gaul describes a dissatisfaction with the traditional forms of communicating through painting, ‘displaying artefacts only in set-ups that have more connotation of retail than direct exchange’ and says he is ‘still looking for a form of engagement that could combine that direct interaction of the theatre with the form of reflection and expression that I pursue with painting’. It was the process of documenting the method of exchange and reflection that sparked his interest in The LFTT Library. Gaul set up the self-publishing online platform bgx:mag.com in 2007 as a way of providing a public space which could be used to expose works in progress as well as publishing articles of his own and by others which otherwise might not be easily available. www.bgxmag.com Read More
After its initial introduction The LFTT Library returned to The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in May 2013 for its first commissioned exhibition ‘Things in Translation: The Legs Foundation’ in supported by the Drogheda arts Festival, Louth County Council and Highlanes Gallery. The exhibition was co-curated by Aoife Ruane, director of Highlanes Gallery and Helen Horgan of The LFTT Library. Eight artists were invited to make new work in response to items from the Library collection; Vivienne Byrne, Aoife Desmond, Danyel Ferrari, Jessica Foley, Helen Horgan, Aine Ivers, Susan MacWilliam and Meadhbh O’Connor. The show remained in the gallery from May 5th until August 27th 2013. During this time a programme of lectures, events and performances took place in the gallery. Local ballad band Rapscallion played on the opening night. See related posts for more. Read More
After Completion was a ritual performance devised by artist Monica Flynn in response to content from the LFTT Library and was held at Highlanes Gallery Drogheda on October 5th, while The Library was on residency there. In the artists words…
“After Completion involved 9 performers in a ritual action exploring our innate instinct to bear together. The piece was developed in response to my interest in accounts of mysticism within the LFTT Library. My thanks to artist Helen Horgan and Aoife Ruane and staff at the Highlanes Gallery for the opportunity to realise this work and to my fellow performers: Irene Bagnall; Catherine Barragry; Vivienne Byrne; Jessica Foley; Joan Healy; Aoife McKeon; Deirdre Morrissey and Grainne Rafferty. Read More
Installation work by visual artist Méadhbh O’Connor made on occasion of the LFTT Library Residency at Broadstone Studios in October 2011. The work was installed in The Library in reference to Jorge Luis Borges’ short, allegorical story ‘The Library of Babel’ in which the universe is composed of an infinite number of interlocking hexagonal galleries, each housing twenty shelves of books. The books contain every possible ordering of just a few basic characters: 22 letters, spaces and punctuation marks, which leads to the frantic, cultish and chaotic efforts of the Universe’s inhabitants to decipher meaning from the books. For The LFTT Library Broadstone Residency, Méadhbh installed a passageway of hexagons out of creeper vine to lead visitors into the LFTT Library, marking it as one room of possible arrangements of language and meaning from Borge’s allegorical universe. The work remains installed at Broadstone Studios.
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