This exhibition, by four TBG+S studio artists, has been supported through the Arts Council Commissions Award 2020, and takes its title from a photography project by architect Denise Scott Brown. Conversations with the artists, Vivienne Dick, Sarah Pierce, Marcel Vidal, Eimear Walshe, began as a response to the city of Dublin in a state of adaptation during our recent times of isolation, distance and limited movement. Each artist has considered different elements of the city that keep communities enriched, as well as barriers and limitations that prevent meaningful connection with others. The artists consider the opportunities for exchange in both public and private spaces, and the ways in which their individual research and observations interrelate, and reflect a shared response to the locality of their studios and the gallery. The exhibition encourages looking beyond and around our everyday perspectives of the familiar city environment in order to examine new ways of participating in civic collectivity.
Later in 2021, Vivienne Dick will hold a solo exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris. Her feature film New York Our Time was awarded Best Documentary at its world premiere screening at Dublin International Film Festival 2020. Since 2003, Sarah Pierce has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project, characterised by forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. Her work is currently showing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (until September 2021). Marcel Vidal will hold a solo exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin during Summer 2021. He received the Hennessy Craig Award, RHA Gallery, Dublin in 2019, and recently exhibited at The Complex, Dublin (2020) and The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (2018). Eimear Walshe is participating in EVA International (2020-21). Their recent projects and presentations have taken place in Van Abbemuseum / Design Academy Eindhoven (2017-18) and Galway Arts Centre (2017).