Corban Walker: As Far As I Can See
Corban Walker is an internationally renowned artist based in Ireland who creates installations, sculpture and drawings that focus on human-made systems and perceptions of scale.
In this exhibition Walker’s distinctive sculptural and installation works are sited in Crawford Art Gallery’s historic Gibson and Long Room galleries where they disorientate and reorientate audience perceptions to navigate known familiar spaces of the gallery.
In removing the Gallery’s significant Collection works from the part wood-panelled Gibson Galleries, Walker will create a new work responding to this context which addresses the interplay between space and perception. Consisting of a mirrored installation, the work disrupts and constructs alternative conditions where the viewer may become part of the object.
Along with interventions of recent glass and amber acrylic works including Untitled (10 x 4 mitre) and 129-40, the artist will reprise his iconic TV Man installation to be sited mid-way on the elaborate nineteenth-century grand wooden sculpted staircase where Walker’s image fits – to scale – in a 65” LCD screen. Flanked by paintings of eighteenth-century luminaries of the British Empire – The Prince of Wales and Hugh Lawton, Lord Mayor of Cork – Walker constructs and reclaims marginalised histories and, in the process, also underwrites the future.
In addition, Walker’s perceptive selection of over thirty works from the Gallery’s Collection in the eighteenth-centuryLong Room, further brings the artist’s perspective to the fore and questions – as Corban Walker has noted – ‘how we orientate ourselves to recognizable objects and environments, both in very specific compositions and by opposite stylistic means.’
Walker’s specific philosophies of scale and sensitivity to local and cultural contexts are central to how he defines and realises his work. As artist and critic Brian O’Doherty has written “Corban Walker establishes himself as measure of his own art as body as mirror, module, standard. With this insistence – it is nothing less – he remakes his environment according to his own measure.”
In offering audiences an opportunity to interrogate their own actions and interactions with the world around them, As Far as I Can See by Corban Walker is a compelling exhibition which alters and enriches understanding of perception and the human-scale.
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00