ReViewed by Seán Hillen
Opening 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 8th February 2012
The Copper House Gallery
off Synge Street, Dublin 8
Director of the Gallery of Photography Tanya Kiang will open the exhibition.
Artist Seán Hillen’s distinctive photo-collage artworks have circulated in the Irish consciousness for decades. ReViewed, a new exhibition of monumental scale prints provides an entirely new and intimate insight into his artistic vision.
Fintan O'Toole described his work as having “both an intellectual and a popular appeal”, writing “Hillen’s surreal juxtapositions inhabit a weirdly prescient and ruefully realistic representation of contemporary Ireland”.
This collaboration with The Copper House Gallery, a Dublin city-centre art space, has resulted in an innovative re-presentation of the artists' work by the gallery curator, Leszek Wolnik.
Radical new scanning technology and skills deployed at The Copper House reveal details of his finely crafted microscopic world which have previously been inaccessible to the naked eye. Magnifying each surreal detail of Seán Hillen's collages, these museum scale reproductions reveal a sensual new landscape of complexity and surprise.
This exhibition showcases Seán Hillen’s distinctive and provocative perspective, from the controversial Troubles photomontages, now on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum, to the acclaimed IRELANTIS collage series. The inclusion of the Swiftian Searching for Evidence and WHAT’S WRONG?.. images underscores the seductively subversive nature of Hillen’s practice and permits deeper insight into the evolution of his aesthetic.
Collectors of Seán Hillen’s work will be interested that all four series have been included in one show for the first time.
Launched in September 2011 by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., The Copper House is a new artistic resource housing a gallery served by dynamic art facilitation and curatorial skills. The Copper House Gallery contains a Fine Art publishing facility with advanced origination and fine art print making. The gallery is currently building and commissioning an original print studio which will contain Ireland's largest selection of fine art and photographic editioned prints.
ReViewed runs at The Copper House Gallery from 8th February until 2nd March 2012. Admission is free to this event and all are welcome.
For further information please contact Orla Martin;
Tel 01 478 4088