Mary Jo Gilligan – ‘Fathom and Span’ at the Broadcast Gallery, DIT

Ormond member Mary Jo Gilligan will be exhibiting her new show ‘Fathom and Span‘ in the Broadcast Gallery in DIT, Portland Row from the 7th – 16th June 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday the 6th of June at 6:30pm. Its sure to be a fascinating event!

Fathom and Span
Exhibition by Mary-Jo Gilligan (IE)
Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Portland Row, Dublin 1
7th – 16th June 2014, opening reception 6th June at 6:30pm

Public, private and directed gestures collectively form this curatorial project by Emer Lynch – recipient of the Broadcast Gallery Emerging Curator Award 2014.

Interested in editing the traditional strands of exhibition-making (art and writing about art) at a distance from each other, Lynch co-mediated two stands of this curatorial project concurrently. Beginning with inviting Dublin based artist Mary-Jo Gilligan to intercede with Broadcast Gallery site-specifically, Fathom and Span is a solo exhibition that crosses boundaries with theatrical experience – not as audience but in the role of players. Gilligan’s exhibition deals with the curatorial intention of the project: to consider the gallery’s withdrawal from its own architecture in anticipation of the institution’s move across the city. This very architecture is exploited in the work as a way to investigate how things and people are a unit of something else. The pre-constructed space is the subject, whilst scripted functions and roles bleed into the fabric of the room.

Lynch also worked in the capacity of collaborator with Berlin based artist Achim Lengerer to produce the publication Scriptings#38. These publications exist in response to, but outside of, Gilligan’s exhibition. In anticipation of the opening of Fathom and Span, Lengerer will perform Scriptings#38: Layout for Broadcast Gallery; a live performative lecture which will investigate the ways in which collected social spaces are negotiated in-between medias. This event will also feature a reading by artist Tracy Hanna (IE).

Further information:

Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Ireland where she works as an artist independently and collaboratively. Her practice is typically site-specific and includes live events, public art, performance, exhibitions and curation. She has produced work with various commissioning bodies including RGKSKSRG, Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site and Culturstruction, and has undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Founder of the architectural research body Dublin City Agency for the Sensory Investigation of Constructed Space, Gilligan has also co-curated site-specific projects with Parking Meter Arts and The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Gilligan was the recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from Kildare County Council (2013) and was awarded a Studio Residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2012/2013).

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