Artists Curate: When Flanders Failed

Friday 14 January – Sunday 27 February 2011
Gert Jan Kocken: Madonna with Child, Geneva, Defacement 9/10 August 1535, 2007, 85 x 165 cm; image courtesy the artist | Artists Curate: When Flanders Failed | Friday 14 January – Sunday 27 February 2011 | Royal Hibernian Academy

Curated by Stephen Brandes & The Institute of Special Afflictions

When Flanders Failed is an exhibition featuring artists that deliberately point to a world of afflictions and mishaps. Besides contemporary works of painting, sculpture, photography and video, the exhibition will also include historical artworks that have suffered unwittingly through circumstances and accident.

The title, When Flanders Failed, borrows from an episode of The Simpsons. In this episode, Homer makes a wish for Ned Flanders new left-handed store to go out of business. The wish comes true and gets the Flanders family into financial troubles. Consequently, Ned is forced to sell his possessions, and eventually guilt forces Homer to rectify the situation. Suitably, this episode (due to the training of a new animation team), became replete with glitches and mistakes.

The afflictions and mishaps evident in the exhibition exist at various material, formal, and representational levels of the artwork. These are alternately employed as counter-strategies to classical notions of perfection and also as a way of dislocating our expectancies of art; encouraging sentiments of empathy, pity and schadenfreude (the delight in other’s misfortune).

Artists include Maarten Baas, Deborah Browne, Bonnie Camplin, Charlie Hammond, Sarah Iremonger, Gert Jan Kocken, Gene Lambert, Sean Lynch, Daniel MacDonald (attr.) and Tony Millionaire.

Image: Gert Jan Kocken: Madonna with Child, Geneva, Defacement 9/10 August 1535, 2007, 85 x 165 cm; image courtesy the artist
Friday 14 January – Sunday 27 February 2011
Royal Hibernian Academy
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Admission / price: Free

 
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