Curated by Janice Hough.

5th May –  28th May 2022

C_L_O_S_E_R_ brings together selected artworks by Backwater studio members which resonate with physical, spiritual, communal and environmental states. Playing with scale and materials several selected works encourage the viewer to get closer, revealing their process as an enigma, a discovery, a history or an act of intimacy. Other works conjure forces through their sense of theatre or presence in the space. In the gallery fabrics soften and domesticate the setting, with reflections sited in the exhibition to bring artworks and people closer together. In these times our collective experience on this earth has never been so intertwined. C_L_O_S_E_R_ is open to multiple contrasting readings which visitors are invited to explore and experience.

The exhibition features artworks by Rachel Daly, Angela Gilmour, Sean Hanrahan, Joseph Heffernan, Claire Murphy, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Natasha Pike, Ciara Rodgers, Pádraig Spillane and Izabela Szczutkowska.


About the curator:

Janice Hough is the curator of IMMA’s Residency & Artist Programmes which support opportunities for studio research, production and the public dissemination of practice. Janice regularly works on group and solo projects with national and international artists and curators, she was co-curator of IMMA’s Collection exhibition Ghosts from the Recent Past, 2020 – 2021. Janice has worked on IMMA partnerships with several international organisations such as Light Works, Syracuse, NY, US; Kooshk Residency, Tehran, IR; Clark House, Mumbai, IN; Fulbright, IE; and Grizedale Arts, UK. She was a founding member of VISIT, a Dublin city-wide open studio event and of Artists Studio Network Ireland. Public presentations include Trans Cultural Exchange Conference, Boston; Location One, New York and numerous events at IMMA. Janice is currently on the Board of Directors at Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

detail: Natasha Pike, A Concrescent Order of Celestial Bodies that do not know their own purpose, Cement, pigment, spandex and wadding, €1,900, Dimensions Variable, 2022
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Untitled (Fragment), Pigment Print on Bamboo Paper, NFS, 38.5 x 43 cm, 2020
Sean Hanrahan, Memory Anthem, Flag, NFS, 200 x 200 cm, 2021
Izabela Szczutkowska, Machine, Vinyl Print, €750, 130 x 130 cm, 2018
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Element from Inscriptions V, Walnut, Glass, Perspex, Brass & Clay, NFS, 68.5 x 48 x 27 cm, 2022
Rachel Daly, Crashing Me By, Analogue on vinyl print, €750, 137 x 205 cm, 2021
Joseph Heffernan, The Performance, Oil on Linen, €1400, 70 x 100 cm, 2021
Angela Gilmour, The Retreat of Mayerbreen, Photopolymer Etching on Fabriano Artistico Paper, €890, 70 x 84 cm
Izabela Szczutkowska, Stardust, photograph on archival print, €300, 20 x 20 cm, 2020
Angela Gilmour, Samarinvágen, Where Once There Was a Galcier, Photopolymer Etching on Fabriano Paper, €890, 84 x 70 cm, 2021
Claire Murphy, Untitled, Analog 35mm print on archive paper, €350, 82 x 61 cm 2022
Séan Hanrahan, Q Series, Digital Display, €430 ( set of six prints), 14 x 11 cm, 2018-2022
Claire Murphy, Untitled, Analog 35mm print on archive paper, €350, 82 x 61 cm, 2022
Ciara Rodgers, Wait, Less, Ness, Instant analog photograph, €1,500, 39.5 x 39.5 cm, 2020
detail: Pádraig Spillane, What Passes Between Us V2.0, Mesh Print & Calibration Weights, €1,100, 270 x 77 cm, 2017/2021

Collective artists responses to     C_L_O_S_E_R_


C_L_O_S_E_R_ to fragility

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to distance

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to knowing

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to the unknown

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to the sea

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to home

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to a concrescent order of things

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to the break

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to discovering

C_L_O_S_E_R_ to knowing there is no bridge

C_L_O_S_E_R_ together



Opening Night:

The Lavit Gallery

Thursday, 5th May

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Exhibition Tour

Thursday 12th, 19th and 26th May, 1:oo pm

Aoife Hegarty

Program and Outreach Manager – Backwater Artist Group



For further information please contact info@lavitgallery.com or 021 4277749