Civilisation Blooming / 文明開花 | Deirdre Frost & Seiko Hayase

29 August-21 September

Opening reception Thursday 29 August 5.30-7.30pm

Lavit Gallery, Deirdre Frost and Seiko Hayase will collaborate in producing the cross-cultural exhibition Civilisation Blooming/文明開花, a venture that will see the two artists venture into new media and establish a synergistic practice. The exhibition run will be accompanied by a programme of events including an opening reception with culturally appropriate culinary element, a panel discussion event, an animation workshop, a performance event and an exhibition tour.  

文明開花 means ‘civilisation’ in Japanese, and is written using characters that mean ‘blooming culture’. ‘Bloom’ can be considered a positive – when something has flowered, is in it’s prime or at it’s peak. However an algal bloom for example can be considered a negative event, a sign of ecological imbalance.  Looking at the idea of peak humanity in this Anthropocene age, with the potential collapse of multiple organisational systems looming globally, the artists consider the idea of civilisation blooming.  

Hayase looks at this through the lens of addictive behaviours, and considers how much of our world functions by exploiting human addictive tendencies. This is evident in social media, advertising, the types of food, drink and other substances and lifestyles that are marketed to us. Through sculpture, the artist will produce a large scale work consisting of constant slow drips of water from sculptured brains, with this water interacting with salt and blooming as crystals.  

Frost, reminiscent of how she utilises buildings in her work, will design large scale vessels that are opened out so that we see the insides, are toppling and on the verge of collapse with the technical aid of a highly experienced potter. These will be bisque-fired, primed and painted, along with the use of epoxy resin, representing water, which is necessary for all growth.  These urn-like sculptures will be about humanity’s destruction of the ecological systems that support us.   

A key part of this collaborative project is a stop motion animation piece (3-5 min), that will further develop the narrative element in the artist’s 2D and 3D works. Civilisations are linked to time and specific eras, so the artists will make a durational artwork using video, a new medium for both artists, involving software learning and collaborative storyboard development. This element will include mentoring from appropriate specialists to ensure a successful outcome. This artwork will draw on Hayase’s use humour and horror as agents in her work, while Deirdre will play on tendencies toward beauty and harmony, with destruction and destabilisation lying within.  

Deirdre Frost holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from MTU Crawford College of Art & Design (2020) and spent part of her studies on Erasmus in the University of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She was supported by the Arts Council Agility Award in 2022. Other awards include MTU CCAD Class of 2020 Valerie Gleeson Development Bursary, the Joan Clancy Gallery Solo Exhibition Award, Sample Studios Residency Studio Award, Lavit Gallery Student of the Year, Ciarán Langford Memorial Bursary – Backwater Artists Group and the MTU CCAD Graduate Residency Award. Commission/Projects include ‘Your Collection, Your Choice’ DCU, Glasnevin – selected artist for feature commission in main reception area (2022). ‘Memory of Place’, Glucksman, UCC in collaboration with Cork City Partnership – commissioned artwork exhibited in the Glucksman May 17th-29th and now part of touring collection. Solo Exhibitions include Big Crush, Kilkenny Arts Festival (2023), In Habitat, In Transition, Studio 12, Backwater Artist Studios, Cork (2021), In Habitat, In Transition, St Lukes Crypt, Sample-Studios, Cork (2021), Claochló, Joan Clancy Gallery Exhibition Award, An Rinn, Co. Waterford (2021), ‘Biophilia’, Lavit Gallery Student of the Year, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2021). Two-person exhibition Translations, with Flavia Lugigan (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), at Nano Nagle Place, Cork (2022). Group Exhibitions include Generation 2022: New Irish Painting, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2022), Lavit Gallery Summer Group Exhibition, Lavit Gallery Cork (2022), Lavit Gallery Winter Group Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2022), Rhetoric, Crawford College of Art & Design Degree Show – online (2020), Sample Studios Winter Exhibition, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork (2020), Lavit Gallery Members Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2020), Lavit Gallery Members Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2018), Lavit Gallery Members Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2017).  

Seiko Hayase was born in Shiga, Japan and is now based in Mallow, Co. Cork since 2018. She holds BA and MA in Fine Art Oil Painting from Nagoya University of Arts, Japan (2011, 2013). She works with painting, sculpture and installation in and collaborative socially engaged projects. Studio: Sample-Studios, Cork (June 2020 – Present), National Sculpture Factory, Cork (Feb – May 2022), Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Residency Studio 3 (1st March to 26th March 2022). She has volunteered with Cork Community Art Link (February 2020) and Helium Arts (Assistant Artist 2022). Exhibitions include Cork Midsummer Festival (2023), K- FEST Killorglin, Co. Kerry (2023), Solo exhibition with Sample-Studios in The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion (2023). Awards include Cork County Council Creative Artists Bursary Scheme (2023), Visual Arts Bursary Arts Council Ireland (2021), The Radical Institute at Studios of Sanctuary Programme : Support (2021), The Department of Culture, Cork County Council and LLPPS scheme for Creepy Parade with Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre (2021), Arts Council Professional Development Award : Support (2021), Carlow Arts Festival – Wedge Funds Micro-bursary : Support (2021), Arts Council Agility Award Round1: Support for Creepy Parade (2021) Upcoming solo exhibitions include LHQ gallery, Cork (November 2024), Rua Red, Dublin (2024), Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo (2025). Past exhibitions include Rua Red’s ‘Displacement and Belonging’- Home.’, Dublin (2023), “Tonnta/Wave” members exhibition Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre (2023), Creepy Parade, Trash Culture Revue at KINO, Cork (2022), Creepy Parade, Macroom Food Festival, partner Cork Circus Factory (2022), Solo exhibition “Unnatural Ordinary”, CSN Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Cork (2022), Group exhibition Re:Group ‘Fragments In Constellation’, Skibbereen (2022), K-FEST Killorglin, Co. Kerry (2022), World In Between: Solo exhibition with GOMA gallery, Waterford (2022), K-FEST Killorglin, Co. Kerry (2021),”Creepy Parade” collaborative street performance, Opening celemony of Skibbereen Arts Festival (2021), Annual Members’ Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2021), Cahoots – The Space Between Curated by Nicola Anthony, Sample-Studios TACTIC Visual Arts Programme (2020-2021), Sample-Studios winter’s members show (2021), All In! – Catalyst Arts members exhibition – Online, Belfast (2021), Annual Members’ Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork (2020).