Exhibition 2010

This year’s exhibition once again took place in its most appropriate venue. Johnswell Hall in Johnswell Village. It ran from Sunday 22 August ¬†until Sunday 29th August2010

Counihan/installation detail. 2010

The 2010 exhibition had a different format and layout to that of 2009. It was composed of a selection of works by both Gypsy Ray and Alan Counihan including drawings, sculptural installation and film along with work produced by the pupils during Gypsy’s time as artist-in-residence in Johnswell National School.

There was also a presentation of the almost five hundred field names gathered during the year along with a selection of audio recordings and oral histories made during that time.

Gypsy Ray 2010. graphite on paper

The centrepiece of the exhibition was a large projection of “Field Song”, a short collaborative film made with the pupils of Johnswell National School and some community members of all ages from Rathcoole Civil Parish. It was made as both a celebration of place and community using the field name records as a primary material. All those individuals who had their portraits taken as part of this process were also invited to say the name of a field as an aural accompaniment to their image and part of the overall soundtrack.

Part litany, part incantation, this film is a celebration of habitation and of human passage.

A link will shortly be provided to allow viewing of this work.