Shell/Ter Artist Collective: In a Dream in a Happy House

Thursday 20 June – Sunday 25 August 2024
 Happy House, 2024, Shell/Ter Artist Collective | Shell/Ter Artist Collective: In a Dream in a Happy House | Thursday 20 June – Sunday 25 August 2024 | Limerick City Gallery | Image: Happy House, 2024, Shell/Ter Artist Collective | painting; we see the anatomical shape of heart and the outline of a cube, in red, on top of it; around these swirl a mix of rainbow and darker colours
Opening Reception Thursday 20 June, 5 – 7pm

Shell/Ter Artist Collective (S/TAC) Diana Copperwhite, Allyson Keehan, Niamh McGuinne, Sharon Murphy, Geraldine O’Neill.

In a Dream in a Happy House is S/TAC’s third show to date and their first show that focuses solely on the collective itself rather than through the lens of a historical collection or role as artistic shelter. Once again, S/TAC zones in on the emotional and psychological theme of shelter but this time sets it in a more ominous expression; one of confinement, duty, expectation and the delusions of domestic bliss.

Taking inspiration in the title from the 1980s Siouxsie and the Banshees track ‘Happy House’, which is both an ironic take and a protest against an ideal of domesticity. S/TAC questions the ambiguity of a safe, protective and detached shelter, by highlighting issues surrounding claustrophobia, containment and captivity. As ever, the expression of this concept is closely linked to the body, through identity, our many selves, the collective and the collective experience.

This exhibition highlights the role of an artist collective as a form of support, encouraging experimentation and the many hybrids that can develop alongside individual practices, which include painting, photography, print, installation and film. In this context, the ‘dream in a happy house’ is a space for the embodiment of ideas, creating the possibility for the body to function as the object, subject, material, and source of symbolic construction, and where the multiplicity of our many selves including that of the viewer, finds expression.

Image:
Happy House, 2024, Shell/Ter Artist Collective
Thursday 20 June – Sunday 25 August 2024
Limerick City Gallery
Pery Square, Limerick
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Monday- Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 5pm
Last admission 15 minutes before Closing time.
Admission / price: Free
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