Initiated by Crawford Art Gallery, an exhibition of new work from Laura Fitzgerald combining a series of drawings, video, audio installation, and large-scale ‘sculptural drawings’; and wander around Doug Fishbone’s ‘ghost estate’ for his free-wheeling, fast-talking request to please gamble responsibly. Come on inside!
21 May - 28 August 2021
Doug Fishbone is an internationally renowned artist who creates projects and exhibitions which unearth, question and examine societal misconceptions through humour and manipulation of context. His film and performance work is heavily influenced by the rhythms of stand-up comedy.
In his first solo exhibition in Ireland, Fishbone presents his largest and most challenging work to date. Creating a sculptural spectacle - mirroring the housing and rental market – he invites visitors to wander around his ‘ghost estate’. Replete with broken windows, boarded up balconies and surrounded with shabby corrugated fencing, it offers those that successfully enter - where the barrier is compromised - more than an abandoned half-built interior. Inside, the structure, Fishbone offers an unexpected stage-set for a meditation on wider issues of economy and folly which he presents a free-wheeling examination of property and value, two notions which are repeatedly conflated to toxic effect by our global economic system. Come on inside!
Based in film and performance work, Doug Fishbone’s practice is wide-ranging and has been described as a ‘stand-up conceptual artist’. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Jews, Money, Myth, Jewish Museum, London; Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (2019); No Thanks/Thanksgiving, Hauser and Wirth, Somerset, European Media Art Platform, Werleitz/Halle, TATE Modern ‘Writing Photographs Symposium’ (2018); Yinka Shonibare’s Artist Dining Room, Royal Academy, London, Boomin’ Bus Tours, Look Again Festival, Aberdeen (2016); Made in China, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf, 56th Venice Biennale (2015).
18 June - 19 September 2021
Laura Fitzgerald: I have made a place is the third exhibition in Crawford Art Gallery’s artist-directed programme, which aims to platform the development of an artist’s career, support their current research interests, and connect with audiences through a collaboration with Crawford Art Gallery, its site, and collections.
In this exhibition, Laura Fitzgerald creates a place – a smallholding – to examine ideas of art and art practice. In a time of scarcity and Brexit, the artist probes the difficult task of being an artist through drawings, sounds, a new video, and a story that conjures a restless figure who is obsessed with cutting turf.
The exhibition comprises new large-scale scroll drawings, video works, and striking bale forms – sculptural and sound installations from which competing voices emerge and invite the visitor to listen, look, and perhaps have a bit of a laugh.
Laura Fitzgerald is a visual artist working in drawing, painting, video, and text. A graduate of both the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Royal College of Art, London, she is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award (Arts Council of Ireland) for 2021. She was shortlisted the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020 and recent exhibitions include participation in the 39th EVA International with Fantasy Farming (2020) at Limerick City Gallery of Art, the site-specific Cosmic Granny (2019) in Inch, Co. Kerry, and Lucian’s Neighbours (2018) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. She recently received a Golden Fleece Award for 2021 to create a studio on her father’s land in Kerry.
Image: Laura Fitzgerald, Smallholder, 2021. © The Artist.
The artist’s work is supported by a Visual Arts Bursary Award (Arts Council of Ireland).
Crawford Art Gallery is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.