Sean Lynch: Adventure: Capital
Commissioner: Mike Fitzpatrick • Curator: Woodrown Kernohan
Limerick City Gallery of Art, in partnership with Ireland at Venice, is pleased to present The Irish Tour of Adventure: Capital, a new artwork by artist Sean Lynch that was commissioned for Ireland at Venice 2015, the Irish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Visited by over 400,000 people during the world’s most prestigious visual arts exhibition,Adventure: Capital now begins its national tour of Ireland.
Adventure: Capital is Sean Lynch’s most ambitious project to date and traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain, combining Greek river gods; public art at regional airports; quarries and the art of stone-carving; an abandoned sculpture in Cork; and a traffic roundabout, on a on a storytelling journey that unravels notions of value and the flow of capital through an anthropological lens.
Alongside Adventure: Capital at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Sean Lynch will present a selection of previous artworks, including A Church Without A Steeple (2012, Arts Council Collection), A Rocky Road (2011), Peregrine Falcons Visit Moyross (2008), Bill Clinton (2007), and Latoon (2006–2015). Subsequent presentations of Adventure: Capital in Sligo, Dublin and Belfast will also be individually configured with existing and new artworks, giving audiences multifaceted perspectives on Lynch’s practice.
The exhibition is accompanied by the Adventure: Capital exhibition publication, freely available with an essay by the curator Woodrow Kernohan and additional texts by Sean Lynch and Michele Horrigan.
The Irish Tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences. The Commissioner for the Irish Pavilion in 2015 is Mike Fitzpatrick, Director of Limerick’s European Capital of Culture 2020 bid and Head of School, Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. The Curator is Woodrow Kernohan, Director of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City. Adventure: Capital and the Irish tour of Ireland at Venice have been made possible through additional support from partners: Culture Ireland; Limerick City Gallery of Art; The Model, Sligo; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; Arts Council Collection; Limerick City and County Council Arts Office; Limerick, Candidate City for European Capital of Culture 2020; Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick School of Art and Design; EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial; Maurice Ward Art Handling; Wexford County Council; British Council Northern Ireland; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Ronchini Gallery, London; Askeaton Contemporary Arts; Irish Wire Products.
Sean Lynch (b. Kerry, Ireland, 1978) lives and works in Askeaton, Limerick, Ireland. He studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main and Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. Recent solo exhibitions include: Ronchini Gallery, London (2015); Lismore Castle Arts (2015); Modern Art Oxford (2014); VISUAL, Carlow (2014); Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane (2013); The Model, Sligo (2012); Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2011–12). Selected group exhibitions include: CAPC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux (2015); Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2013); IMMA | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011); Camden Arts Centre, London (2010); neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2010). He was awarded the TrAIN International Artist Residency at Gasworks, London (2012) and since 2006 has co-organised the residency and exhibition programme Askeaton Contemporary Arts in County Limerick. Lynch is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin and Ronchini Gallery, London, and is author and editor of many artist publications and bookworks. For further information please see: www.seanlynchinfo.com