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Artist Talk: Katrina Palmer in conversation with David Crowley, Head of Visual Culture, NCAD

22 February 2018

Thursday 22 February 2018 | 5pm
Studio 6
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Katrina Palmer will participate in a public conversation with David Crowley, Head of Visual Culture, NCAD, prior to the launch of her solo exhibition The Time Travelling Circus: The Recent Return of Pablo Fanque and the Electrolier at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. This informal discussion will introduce the artist's practice and will contextualise the exhibition, a perfect prelude to the opening.

This talk takes place in association with Masters Programs, Art in the Contemporary World (, School of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Palmer uses words as a sculptural form, exploring sensuous objects, absences and material uncertainties, through storytelling. Elaborated audio environments, found objects and publications are employed to create narrative situations in which the viewer can experience her work. Foregrounding words, Palmer often invites the audience to imagine items that are indicated, but not fully present.

This exhibition is Palmer’s first in Dublin and is developed from a story she published in Essays on Sculpture, Number 78 (Henry Moore Institute, 2017). The narrative is extended in a single copy of a dossier that is currently installed on the ‘recently returned’ shelf of the Brotherton Library at Leeds University, to coincide with this exhibition. For the iteration of the work at Temple Bar Gallery, Palmer employs a vast architectural floor plan alongside audio tracks that feature a field recording of the ‘silent’ reading room, overlaid with colliding voices and circus tunes, plus music sampled from Karl Blake of The Shock Headed Peters and from Tom James Parmiter. The gallery becomes an immersive space, in which the viewer can experience the Time-Travelling Circusthat in a parallel reality has its ring in the circular reading room of the Brotherton Library.

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