One + One
Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, March 9 - April 28, 2012
One + One is a video installation, performance, and drawing-based work in three parts by Drogheda-born, UK-based artist Brigid McLeer, and the first exhibition of McLeer’s practice in Ireland. The exhibition, commissioned by Highlanes Gallery, continues its strand of site specific exhibitions considering the unique history and setting of the gallery.
Exhibition Opening Friday 9 March at 7.00pm: Professor Steve Dutton, a visual artist based in the UK and Professor of Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln will open the exhibition.
Artist’s Talk, Saturday 10 March at 11.00am: an illustrated gallery based talk with Brigid McLeer
For One + One, Brigid uses a number of diverse sources as both reference points and inspiration. These include, among others, Jean Luc Godard’s films - Le Mepris (1963) and One + One (1968), from which the exhibition takes its title; and James Joyce’s modernist epic novel Ulysses (1922). Central to the whole work is the idea of naming, and the names of people and places feature consistently in all three parts. McLeer’s practice works as both an homage to, and continuation of, the work of these acclaimed masters of experimental fiction and film.
Brigid McLeer says: This exhibition continues an ongoing concern in my practice to stage complex and contingent models of the subject, such that the privileged position of the viewer is called into question. I do this through developing durational performative responses to pre-existing texts, sites or images. Operating through live and documentary modes, in lens-based media, as well as through drawing and writing, the work places the figure of the artist as a cipher through which multiple subjects and multiple relationships of subject emerge.