International 2009 Archives
Lismore Castle Arts (Ireland)
In Design and Crime, art historian and critic Hal Foster states that, at our time when aesthetics and utilitarism are being subsumed into commercialism, everything -
Rita McBride's sculptures provide an illusion of potential use, which in turn enlightens the fictional and critical power of the hi-
Using extremely precious materials such as ancient wood or porcelain, Ai Weiwei questions the appropriation of heritage and the permanence of tradition. Oil Spills threatens to pollute the preserved territory of Lismore Castle. One Ton of Tea, a one square meter cube made of one ton of compressed black tea, is both bitter-
The concept of growth is assumed in Jason Rhoades' monumental, process-
Corey McCorkle's work finds an inspiring breeding ground in the gardens of Lismore Castle and the legacy of its 19th Century architect Joseph Paxton. The artist will produce Dandelion Wine after an ancient recipe, ironically celebrating the same weed that threatens to crowd out the cultivated plants that are the pride of Lismore Castle's Gardens. McCorkle has also designed seven wooden canes, which will lean against the walls of the gallery, waiting for visitors to take one out for support during their stroll in gardens.
In Stefan Brüggemann's installation the words Conceptual Decoration are printed on silver wallpaper that covers the main gallery space in its entirety, and so becomes a background for other works. Looking and meaning are inextricably shackled together as they are unable to function without each other.
United Technologies's narration pays tribute to the history of decorative Arts and famous theoreticians such as Adolf Loos, William Morris and Augustus Pugin (who incidentally designed the furniture for Lismore Castle). In Design and crime again, Hal Foster quotes the Canadian designer Bruce Mau who in Life Style wrote a candid praise for a wholly designed world : "In this environment, the only way to constitute a true capital is adding a value : wrapping the product in intelligence and culture. The apparent product, the object attached to the transaction, is not the real product at all. The real product is from now on intelligence and culture." In reponse to that context, United Technologies will reflect upon the status, the value and the destination of the work of art as part of a network of material and immaterial economies.
Exhibition 23 April -
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