To all intents, constructions and purposes
Curated by Roisin Bohan
Luke Sisk and Bren Smyth
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
4 – 12 September 2015
Preview: Thursday 3rd September, 6.00pm
The phrase "for all intents and purposes", stems from the legal terminology ‘To all intents, constructions and purposes’, that was coined in the 16th century, giving King Henry VIII power to legislate by proclamation.
Singular control over the mental, physical and social spaces, a will to shape an environment against a false context, holding sway over faith and ethics.
A recognition of this corrupted legitimacy remains in the modern phrase, accepting that though one thing might seem for all intents and purposes to be so, further context may yet reveal it to be something else entirely.
Context is scale of reference, and it is in constant transition. As the observer, the self is context. When we observe a planet, we recognise that the same answer can be applied to the questions ‘What?’, ‘Where?’ and ‘When?’. When we observe an object in our immediate environment we recognise a difference between these answers. The ratio between the self and the immediate object is so much smaller that this difference has been given greater significance. Markers become essential in maintaining this significance, legislating by proclamation.
The work in this exhibition looks at physical markers in Cork city, exposing a transition in their context.
Luke Sisk’s continuation of an idea that began over two years ago, is a body of work focusing on the earlier uses of the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and studio complex. Revised Goad maps from 1915, which were used to document each building in the city for fire insurance purposes, show that the earliest documented use of this building in particular, was as a wool and fabric warehouse, run by O’Brien Bro’s Ltd.
Using the ceramic vessel as a way to trace historical and architectural elements of the building and the surrounding area, by sanding and filing outlines of building and street into the rims, and also by basing the shape on spools of wool. It is important that each material has a relation to the site, the use of slate and timber as a display reference the E.H Harte & Sons timber and slate yard next door.
Bren Smyth’s drawings look at the simple question of the natural in an urban environment, and pose the question ‘Can anything be considered unnatural?’. Exploring the argument as a binary imposition that avoids actual discussion on the possible nature of things.
The drawings are portraits of the city in parts, familiarities that intend to be more than they appear. Observed as objects, but adopting social symptoms such as embarrassment, awkwardness, confidence. There is give and take between tension and integrity, revealed and obscured, allowing the subjects to emerge from white noise as opposed to dead space.
A native of Cork, Luke Sisk b.1983, graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design with a BA First Honours in Contemporary Applied Arts. Sisk works primarily with ceramics but has also worked with glass. In 2012, he was chosen to be part of the first exchange programme between the Glass Studio of the Shanghai University of Fine Art and CCAD. While there he studied kiln formed cast glass techniques as part of a two month exchange.
For the second half of his degree Sisk focussed his attention on creating site specific work, using clay as the medium to record and relay historical details. By physically tracing sections of the site with clay, making glazes with elements of the site contained in them, or referencing traditional crafts and techniques, he finds ways of representing facts in a 3-Dimensional way.
Sisk does not restrict himself to using just clay, and is willing to employ whatever techniques and materials, such as projection, mixed media and found materials from the site, to help achieve his results.
Recent exhibitions include Cork Craft Month exhibition, Time, Kinsale 2015; Silver (Part1), Wandesford Quay Gallery 2015; Now Wakes The Sea, Kinsale Arts Week 2014; (Paris) Cork (Spleen) Thing, CIT Wandesford Gallery 2014; Na hOibreacha/The Works, CCAD Degree Show 2014; Dead Lines, St. Finbarres Cathedral, 2013. Sisk was awarded the Three Month Ceramic Studio Residency by the National Sculpture Factory and the DBI Purchase Prize award for his work in the CCAD Degree Show. He is currently a project member of the Backwater Artists Group and is also undertaking the Graduate Residency Programme in CCADs Glass Department.
Bren Smyth b.1975, with a background in Animation studies at Ballyfermot Senior college, he went on to graduate from the Crawford College of Art & Design with a BA Honours in Fine Art in 2014.
His work has featured in many group exhibitions, most recently Between seeing and blindness, Tactic Gallery, Cork and Level, Mart Gallery Rathmines, Dublin in 2015
List Of Images
1. Luke Sisk, Untitled, 2015
2. Bren Smyth, Untitled, 2015
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