Artists’ Screen Series: Kevin Cosgrove | ‘Man Without a Past’

13 May 2014

Artists’ Screen Series presents a screening of ‘Man Without a Past’ (2003) directed by Aki Kaurismäki and selected by TBG+S Studio Artist Kevin Cosgrove.

Tuesday 13th May | 6pm

Studio 6 | Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Free entry, all welcome.

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As part of our bi-monthly screenings of films selected by our studio artists, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are pleased to present a screening of 'Man Without a Past' (2003) directed by Aki Kaurismäki.

TBG+S invited studio artist Kevin Cosgrove to choose a film that has special significance for him in relation to his artistic practice. The screening will take place on Tuesday 13th May, in Studio 6 at 6pm and will begin with an introduction to the film by Kevin Cosgrove.

Following a brutal mugging, the protagonist 'Man Without a Past' is left with amnesia. With no means or possessions, he joins a kind but impoverished community living a peripheral existence in an industrial docking area in Helsinki. Director Aki Kaurismäki shows us a social, economic, and bureaucratic order that borders on the farcical - societies most vulnerable and the people ready to exploit them. With warmth, humour, and pathos we see Kaurismäki's characters negotiate a Helsinki in recession, with ruined contractors and closing banks. With his typically sparse use of dialogue, his characters often respond to each other and their situation with a resolve that could be anything from existential stoicism to a plain, weather beaten understanding of life's ravaging disappointments. There is love here too, rock and roll and the deft use of cinematic touches from Chaplin, De Sica and Bresson.

About the Artist:

Kevin Cosgrove was born 1984, he graduated from National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2007. His paintings often depict depopulated work spaces and relate to his philosophy on the value of work and manual know-how. Painting in oil and using a variety of different scales Cosgrove employs an even-handed yet painterly approach. Objects are described with a thoughtful appreciation for the language and tropes of historical painting. Light flooding into a workspace, casually laid tools on a work bench or discarded scraps of sandpaper all serve as the narrative.

Selected exhibitions include, solo presentations at Frieze Art Fair London 2012 and Art HK 2012, Hong Kong, both with Mother's Tankstation. Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 2012. Solo exhibition, Just the Usual, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin 2011. Jerwood Contemporary Painters Exhibition 2010 - Jerwood Space, London; Project Space Leeds, Leeds and DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery and FUTURES – RHA, Dublin, Ireland 2009