Crowded Thresholds, an exhibition presenting thought-provoking pieces by established and emerging practitioners working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art, will open at Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin on Friday, 6th December 2019.
Curated by Fiona Mulholland and coinciding with the centenary of Freud’s essay, The Uncanny, the exhibition explores ‘emotional geography’, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression. Crowded Thresholds is a National Design & Craft Gallery touring exhibition and is presented in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Presented with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination, this intriguing group exhibition will display objects by established and emerging practitioners – all of whom are based in Ireland or linked to this country – that are connected by a desire to make the invisible visible and have a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, Mulholland is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. From traditionally made jewellery pieces that address the concept of humanity to ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarves and reimagined Rorschach inkblot tests, the artists and makers straddle the threshold of disciplines and languages; practices are blurred, with old and new tools utilised, all working to express the very essence of human agency.
Max Brosi (Woodturning)
Joe Caslin (Street art/Illustration)
Julie Connellan (Jewellery)
Hazel Kenny (Jewellery)
Daithi Magner (Sculpture)
Paul McClure (Jewellery)
Caoimhe McGuckin (Jewellery)
John Rainey (Ceramics/Sculpture)
Niall Sweeney – Pony (Design/Textile Print)
Brigitta Varadi (Textile Art)
Image supplied: Freaky Bull by Niall Sweeney