|Journalist Tony Clayton-Lea in conversation with artist Abigail O’Brien (1.10.2013)|
||Friday 4 October, 2013 at 7.30pm|
Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Tony Clayton-Lea will conduct an in conversation with artist Abigail O'Brien about her work, her life, and her new exhibition of large-scale photographs, sculpture and video titled With Bread in Drogheda's Highlanes Gallery next week.
The discussion, on Friday 4th of October will take place in the gallery, within the exhibition. Places are free but limited, and booking required, by either contacting the gallery by email email@example.com or telephone T. 041-9803311. A wine reception will follow the 50 minute talk, giving those attending a chance to meet and chat with the artist informally.
Abigail O'Brien's interest in bread, its elemental properties, the magical process that takes place in its making, its centrality in human daily life across race and culture and religion, and its rich symbolism spans some twenty years.
The sixteen large framed photographs featured in the exhibition were taken in four bakeries in Ireland: McCloskey's Bakery, Drogheda; Barron's Bakery, Waterford; the Bretzel Bakery, and Il Valentino Bakery, both in Dublin. Each photographic work is named after a female artist, including Louise Bourgeois, Alice Maher, Cindy Sherman and Tracey Emin. The bread sculptures - ethnic breads that have been put through a process of firing, bronzing then sliver plating are named after currencies and numeracies like 18 Zloty, 2,000 Arubin Florins and 1,200 Dollar. They are displayed centrally in the gallery on a series of five 'specimen' tables. The video projection, Grande Dame, is a three minute piece capturing a levain or sourdough starter in motion, at the moment of rising and falling.
As well as ongoing funding from Drogheda Borough Council and the Arts Council, the exhibition was awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant in early 2013. Following that, the gallery secured significant sponsorship from award-winning McCloskey's Traditional and Artisan Bakery through baker and Managing Director Patrick McCloskey.
Highlanes Gallery will tour the exhibition to partner venues The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon in early 2014, and Limerick City Gallery of Art in 2015. A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with essays by writer and psychoanalytic practitioner, Dr Medb Ruane, and poet, novelist and prose writer, Theo Dorgan, printed by Nicholson & Bass.
Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery
Drogheda, County Louth
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