Iconoclast – Ben Geoghegan


ICONOCLAST | BEN GEOGHEGAN | 126 ARTIST-RUN GALLERY | GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL | 16 – 29 JULY 2012

126

126 in association with the Galway Arts Festival present:

ICONOCLAST

Ben Geoghegan

16th – 29th July 2012

Opening reception: Wed 18th July, 7pm

126 Gallery - Ben Geoghegan

Image: LT Self Portrait aged 33, 2010. RT Bobble Hat collaboration with Granma Geoghegan, 2011/12

The intensions for ‘Iconoclast‘ are to accommodate and privilege disparities and complexities within idenity and collectives; using photography as an expression of curiosity and participation in broader fields of everyday life, and as a means of looking widely into the world. 

Offering an opportunity to meditate upon the grandeur of history and as an analogy for the particularity and sameness of our experience, especially in an age of increasing homogeneity; when the sustainability of our existence is everyone’s concern.

The exhibition concerns itself with the history of Art and ‘exhibition’ and is not alone among contemporary discourse in this respect, but intends to maintain a level of playfulness and humour that can be accessible, and engaged with popular culture, whether it’s the history and discourse of photography or painting, etc.

Using a variant of Brechtian “alienation” technique, nudgingly reminding us that we are looking at a construct, a staged contrivance, the exhibits articulate diverse ideas and means in order to formulate a poetics of vision confronted with the gaps between reality and representation.

Through ‘Iconoclast ‘ it is intended that there materialises a specfic condition of exposure that is essential to Art and offers a critical commentry on the ways in which presentation bestows value and addresses constituencies. Through combining production modes of making and presenting (at once creative, analytic, interpretive) and by inhabiting the roles of photographer, curator, designer, critic, fabricator and historian (all under the rubric of Visual Practitioner), the works presented in this show celebrate a challenge to cherished beliefs, be those, of Church, State, and the institution of Art itself ?

Bonkers.
‘It’s all one song.’
– Neil Young replied to a fans request for a song.

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.   

126 is supported in kind by Eight Bar & Restaurant and the Traditional Cheese Co.

Eight Bar & Restaurant Traditional Cheese Co.

Our mailing address:

126, Artist-run Gallery
Queen St
Galway
Ireland
contact@126.ie
www.126.ie

Opening hours:

1pm – 6pm (16th – 29th July)