Willie Doherty: IS AND IS NOT

Saturday 15 October – Saturday 19 November 2022
Willie Doherty: Engulfed, 2021, pigment print on Hanemühle photo rag Baryta 315gsm; edition of 3; 109 x 135.5cm in frame | Willie Doherty: IS AND IS NOT | Saturday 15 October – Saturday 19 November 2022 | Kerlin Gallery
――― In venue ―――

In this most recent series, Willie Doherty’s starkly atmospheric images reveal the residual traces that mark the surfaces and fabric of natural and built environments. Places that have been formed by the long slow processes of geological time and that have been shaped by the consequences of human intervention: conflict, inequality, neglect, and injustice.

These are works that are characterised by Doherty’s watchful reticent intensity, and by his assertion that the image cannot be fixed, cannot be fully comprehended and known. His attention draws us to the small details and nuances of diverse spaces, the materiality of brick, concrete, metal, grass, trees, and wildflowers. There is an unsettled, restless sense of place. Everywhere there are indications of disorder, breakdown, and failure coexistent with signs of growth, recovery, and endurance.

Poetry is found in the most reluctant of places. The brutality of decay transforms into a still and silent beauty, the ambiguity of oppositions yielding to a serene resoluteness existing between somewhere and nowhere. Unfamiliarity is exposed in familiar territory, as disregarded landscapes are no longer forgotten, their histories becoming the fictions of memory.

The passage of time, and the eventual erasure of all traces, pervades these images through the uneasy quiescence between what was and what is, what is and is not. In Doherty’s work, the sublime is determinate, the ignored no longer unseen.

There can be no image that is not about destruction and survival, and this is especially the case in the image of ruin. We might even say that the image of ruin tells us what is true of every image: that it bears witness to the enigmatic relation between death and survival, loss and life , destruction and preservation, mourning and memory.
– Eduardo Cadava, ‘Lapsus Imaginis: The Image in Ruins’, October, 96 (2001)

Image: Willie Doherty: Engulfed, 2021, pigment print on Hanemühle photo rag Baryta 315gsm; edition of 3; 109 x 135.5cm in frame
Saturday 15 October – Saturday 19 November 2022
Kerlin Gallery
Anne's Lane
South Anne Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +3531 670 9093
gallery@kerlin.ie
www.kerlin.ie
Opening hours / start times:
Monday 10:00 - 17:45
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:45
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:45
Thursday 10:00 - 17:45
Friday 10:00 - 17:45
Saturday 11:00 - 16:30
Admission / price: Free

 
Associated sites
Design: iCulture • Privacy and cookies
Follow Dnote on Mastodon! Tweets by dnoting
day before opening reception
day of opening reception
day before open to public
day open to public
day before closing
day of closing

(e-mail addresses are not retained after the reminder is sent)

other sites designed or
assisted by iCulture