Today, Wednesday July 12th 2017, Hennessy Ireland (part of Moët Hennessy, Patron of FICC) and IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) revealed the works of four contemporary artists whose pieces have been purchased by The Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2017. Ciarán Murphy, Mairéad McClean, Mark Garry and Yuri Pattison were joined by Elaine Cullen of Hennessy Ireland and Christina Kennedy, IMMA Head of Collections, as the works went on display. They join the esteemed company of artists such as Alice Maher, Louis le Brocquy, Dorothy Cross and Patrick Scott whose works are already part of the IMMA National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.
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Each of the works reflects the artist’s looking at and thinking about life today. Yuri Pattison’s multi-media installation, ‘transparency, hybrid viscosity (communal table v.00P)’(2016), reflects on the increasingly permeable boundaries between social and work life and the commodification of sleep that technology has created; The political as personal is evoked in Mairéad McClean’s film ‘No More’(2013) which recalls the childhood trauma of her father’s internment in Northern Ireland, through mixing TV news footage and an experimental theatre’s use of body exercises to conjure up that which resides in memory; Mark Garry’s installation, ‘North of the West’(2017), filmed at Mullaghmore Peninsula Sligo, acts as means of structuring an allegorical parallel between the sea and his paradoxical childhood relationship with the Christian faith – both powerful, immense, beautiful and potentially terrifying elements that surround the island of Ireland; while Ciarán Murphy’s enigmatic paintings, ‘L-2’(2013), take their starting point from a wide-ranging archive of images found, collected and carefully arranged into categories by the artist. Through a process of editing, erasing, overwriting or simply replacing what has been painted and unpainted, his work leaves a sense that is not quite of loss, or absence, but rather the presence of a non-thing.
IMMA welcomed over 580,000 visitors in 2016 making it the second most popular free visitor attraction in Ireland. In addition to the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA, other highlights of the Hennessy cultural calendar include the Hennessy Literary Awards, the Hennessy Portrait Prize with the National Gallery and Hennessy Lost Fridays with RHA.
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