Through his projects, Irish 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.
A blow-by-blow account of stone carving in Oxford is an installation exploring the work and contemporary context of nineteenth century stone carvers John and James O’Shea, whose naturalistic renditions of animals and plants are still visible in locations in Dublin and Oxford.
Sean Lynch’s work references these sites as being alive with diverse allegorical and associative meanings and encourages a reappraisal of what their work might signify today.
At Modern Art Oxford Lynch has arranged a variety of objects in the gallery space, including a museum loan from the Pitt Rivers, signage from a fried chicken outlet in London, and a carving of a monkey completed by carver Stephen Burke in the style and ethos of O’Sheas. These seemingly unrelated objects intertwine into a narrative around museum culture, public space and individual agency, as a slide projection with scripted voiceover argue for the ethnographical relevance of the O’Sheas to the identity of Oxford.
An earlier version of A blow-by-blow account of stone carving in Oxford was exhibited at the Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery in 2013. Echoing the journey made by the O’Shea’s, the work now moves to Oxford in May 2014. A publication detailing Lynch’s research will be produced. Research and production is further supported by Gasworks, London, TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London, Cove Park, Scotland, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.
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Sean Lynch (b.1978, Kerry, Ireland) is a visual artist. He studied fine art at the Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main, and has a masters degree in History of Art from the University of Limerick. In recent years his artworks has been exhibited at the Camden Arts Centre, London, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, along with upcoming solo exhibitions at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and Modern Art Oxford. He is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, and is also author and editor of several publications.
Lynch’s recent research and work has been supported by Gasworks, London, TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London, Cove Park, Scotland, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.