CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Artist’s Talk: 4pm on Saturday 24 June at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Cork Printmakers in association with Cork Midsummer Festival are delighted to present Babel Unbound, an evolving exhibition by artist collaborators Leslie Mutchler & Jason Urban. This exhibition forms part of a trail of exhibitions accompanying Cork Printmakers’ FIRST EDITION Print Symposium on Friday 23 & Saturday 24 June.
Both artists are International Visiting Artists in Residence at Cork Printmakers, during the month of June. Leslie & Jason has been invited to give a presentation at the Symposium where they will discuss their creative methodologies and approach to print in the expanded field.
This new body of work focuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated and performed space. A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screen-prints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls of the Gallery. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end- babel unbound.
Referencing a series of historical works intertwined with the function and performance of the library, such as Aby Warburg’s Atlas Mnemosyne, Borges’ The Library of Babel, and Walter Benjamin’s Unpacking my Library, the artists contemplate the library of today- one filtered through reproducibility, access to information and an ever-evolving understanding of curation, aesthetics and the archive. The library is a fertile place for exploration, a place that most often prioritizes use over display whereas the gallery is a site that prioritizes display over functionality. Babel Unbound attempts to do both; and while doing so slowly becomes aware of itself, as illegible, complicated, incomplete…
Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban are artist collaborators who use a broad array of printed matter and methods as a point of reference to explore issues of authenticity, ephemerality, craft, and “the theatre of making.” In addition to active solo exhibition records, the pair has shown their collaborative research-based installations in venues such as International Print Centre, New York (New York, NY, USA), Artist Image Resource (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA, USA), and Atelier Circulaire (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Based in Austin, Texas, they teach in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas. Jason is also Co-Editor of Printeresting.org, an award winning online resource for print miscellany.