Sean Lynch artist talk
29.08.2013 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Through his projects, artist Sean Lynch develops representations of idiosyncratic moments from the past, perhaps almost-forgotten, but which have left a trail of objects, events or narratives. Endeavouring to track down and investigate these sidelined histories, Lynch brings disparate threads of research together in photographic and slide projection installations, prefabricated or found artefacts and small-scale publications.
In February 2014 Modern Art Oxford will present his latest project - a blow-by-blow account of stonecarving in Oxford. Here Lynch explores the oeuvre of nineteenth century stonecarvers John and James O’Shea, whose naturalistic renditions of animals and plants are still visible in locations in Oxford and Dublin. Following a series of carvings completed in 1850s Dublin, the O’Sheas relocated to Oxford, perhaps at the invitation of John Ruskin. While specific historical circumstance today remains unclear, controversy occurred when monkeys were carved on the new Museum of Natural History.
Popular belief suggests that the O’Sheas were carving a rendition of Darwin’s theory of evolution, then still a taboo subject within theological and social debate. As a result of a falling-out, a series of impromptu carvings were attempted by James O’Shea intending to transgressively caricature the authorities of Oxford as parrots and owls, and are still visible at the site today. A focal point of the exhibition is a carving of a monkey completed by Dublin-based carver Stephen Burke following the style and working ethos of the O’Sheas. Accompanying photographs and a slide projection with scripted narration structure arguing the ethnographical relevance of the O’Sheas to the identities and urban infrastructures of both Dublin and Oxford.
A first version of the exhibition is on display at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane 10 July to 29 September 2013. Research and production is additionally supported by the Gasworks, London, University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, London, Cove Park, Scotland, and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Artist Talk 29.08.2013 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sean Lynch discusses his new work, ahead of his forthcoming exhibition at Modern Art Oxford in February in 2014
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