THE MODELLED CONSCIOUS
23 March - 11 May
Lucy Andrews’ sculptural and installation works are conceived as experimental
investigations into the material and temporal aspects of objects. The work
operates by infusing familiar substances with a sense of potency and tension. For
this exhibition the artist creates bodies of water, both monumental and miniscule.
Repurposed manufacturing and building materials hold on to their former
utility but the interplay of the synthetic and the elemental leads to curious
physical juxtapositions and trajectories. An uncertain materiality presents itself
- at once primordial and futuristic – through which the physical properties and
durations of things become ambiguous.
A roll of plastic tubing, which bisects and loops around the architecture, is held in
place by three tonnes of water. At first it appears as a solid mass, which asserts
its presence over the space, but a closer encounter reveals it to be fragile,
contingent and involved in dynamic process: the bubble formations within the
piece changing and proliferating over time. Beside it, a single drop sits on a
sealed concrete breezeblock. The endurance of what should be a fleeting event
creates a paradox of stasis and movement: a point of precision in what is
Lucy Andrews was born in 1978, Stoke-on-Trent, England and now lives Dublin.
She graduated from NCAD with a BA in Fine Art and History of Art. Recent
exhibitions include: Gracelands: Substance Abuse (2011), Transitive
Relationships at Limerick City Gallery (2012), As Above, So Below at 126, Galway
(2012) A Macguffin and Some Other Things, at Project Arts Centre (2012). Futures
12 at The Royal Hibernian Academy. Sam Keogh and Lucy Andrews at the Model,
Sligo, (2012) Tentamen, North Great Georges st. Dublin (2012).
She was the recipient of the inaugural Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Graduate
Studio Award 2012-13
The Modelled Conscious is a new development by RUA RED to engage artists in response to a unified theme. Through the active engagement of artists in the development of a work for the expansive space of Gallery 1, each artist chosen can express their own personal response to the idea of form and consciousness as well as the space itself. For the first installment of the series, Lucy Andrews will present an exhibition of recent sculptural works adapted for Gallery 1.
The search for a cogent theory of human consciousness has long been explored by science – one can argue that it is the most fundamental question science has to ask; why are we conscious? Philosophers and neuroscientists agree that a finite system that enlivens the corpus does not exist – it is more a matter of process. In this respect investigations into perception form the central core in the search for the conscious individual. Art finds itself on the cusp of the notion of identity; the need to create is a fundamental human quality.
The complex array of information that feeds into the perception-image has long been proposed as a method through which to investigate consciousness. The image forms a central component in the acknowledgement of self. Within biological visual systems what we see is in fact a blend of percepts extrapolated from a far more complex object situated in the world. This blend is achieved in a pre-conscious manner and underlies one’s ability to create and imagine (Fauconnier & Turner, 2003); image recognition is postulated as the point that permits the spanning of the conscious-unconscious continuum (Jellinek, 1949; Pantagiotou and Sheikh, 1974, 1977). This alignment of mind and matter; ‘ceases to be a suspension of the oppositions of form and matter, and becomes the product of a human mind which seeks to transform the surface of sensory appearances into a new sensorium that is the mirror of its own activity’ (Ranciere, 2002). The communicability at play here within the viewer-art form junction can serve to demonstrate the discrepancies between perception and interpretation ‘the illusory logic …its perceived wholeness, creates a contradiction between what the work appears to be and what it is’ (Adorno, 1970).
This series of exhibitions is curated by Curator in residence, Dr Hilary Murray
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Dates: 23rd March - 11th May
Time: Mon to Sat, 10am – 6pm
Preview takes place Thursday 21st March 6pm - 8pm
Please note RUA RED is closed Bank Holidays