Michael Boran & Igor Eškinja: Parallel Lines
Parallel Lines features two independent projects, separately conceived by Michael Boran and Igor Eškinja whose works are connected conceptually and are presented together for this exhibition at Kevin Kavanagh.
As in his previous work, Boran is interested in the notion of micro and macro cosmos, that allow glimpses of the universe in the local. Searching for the horizon / skyline in the built environment, far away is closer than it seems. If distance is an illusion then so too is proximity. These images create a sense of a local everyday urban environment, a fabricated space with its own slightly off-kilter cycles of creation and dissipation mirroring those of the natural world.
The Croatian artist, Igor Eškinja, remains faithful to his personal approach, characterized by a reflexion on the production and reception of the image within the exhibition space. He emphasizes the constructed character of the gaze and the regimes of visibility which influence our perception of reality and its representation.
Such an in-between state is precisely a key-aspect of Eškinja’s work: maintaining permanently a paradoxical equilibrium between material world and conceptual sphere.
Michael Boran (1964) lives and works in Dublin. In 2006, he was awarded the AIB Bank Here and Now Photography Prize and took part in the PhotoIreland Festival at Monster Truck, Temple Bar, Dublin in 2010.
He has exhibited at Trinity College, Dublin; Wexford Opera House; the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2009. In 2008, he showed Voyager at Kevin Kavanagh and participated in 30 Contemporary Collection at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin; Winter Salon at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, and European Night, Rencontres d’Arles at Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France).
His work is represented in many collections, both private and public in Ireland and abroad including The Arts Council of Ireland, Trinity College, AIB Bank, Bank of Ireland, The Office of Public Works, Fidelity (USA), BP Oil Europe, AXA Ireland, the National Self-Portrait Collection, the Hunt Collection and the Osman Collection.
Igor Eškinja (1975) lives and works in Croatia. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the USA. Recent solo shows include Inhabitants of generic Places, Tresor, Vienna (Austria); MSU Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (Croatia); SKUC Gallery, Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2011; NOWHERISTAN at ADN Gallery, Barcelona (Spain) in 2010; You say Bild, I say shoot!, Elly Brose-Brose-Eiermann, Berlin (Germany) and Igor Eškinja – Made In:Side curated by Alberto Salvatori at Villa Bardini, Florence (Italy) in 2009.
In 2007 Eškinja was awarded the H-Ht at Museum of Contemporary Art of Zagreb (Croatia); PromoCard MIART 2007 in Milán (Italy) and ARCO,Youth Artist Prize, Comunidad de Madrid – Council for Culture and Sport in Madrid (Spain). Also, that year, he collaborated in a project at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Pavilion, Lopud Island (Croatia). His work is included in many international collections such as La Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), CAB Centro de Arte Caja Burgos (Spain), Hypo Alpe Adria Bank Zagreb (Croacia), Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Rijeka (Croatia), Cassa di Risparmio di Venece (Italy); MAXXI – Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI secolo, Roma (Italy), Centro Cultural Chacao Caracas (Venezuela) and National Museum of Contemporary Art of Zagreb, (Croatia).
Igor Eškinja is represented by ADN Gallery, Barcelona.