No Time For Hysteria | 126 Members’ Show

5 – 28 March

Aoibheann de Brún | David Callan | David Finn | Róisín Foley | Sean Guinan | Austin D.H. Ivers   Breda Lynch | Eimear Jean McCormack | Cormac O’Neill | Kristian Smith | Louise Spokes Rebecca Strain | Gianna Tomasso


The Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

No Time for Hysteria is a group show of 126 Members’ work. Curated by 126 Gallery and hosted by The Burren College of Art

The works selected for this exhibition reveal a recurring engagement with mid – late 20th Century popular culture reflections on social anxiety. The works collectively develop a sense of foreboding mitigated by black humour, much like the documentary that inspired the title of the show The Atomic Cafe*.

The Atomic Cafe was a documentary created from a broad range of 1940s, 50s and 60s archival media footage and US government issued propaganda films which were designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. The film offers a glimpse into an era rife with paranoia, anxiety and misapprehension and illuminates with black humour, the often comic paradoxes of life in the Atomic Age with a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent time.

References to Doctor Strangelove (Kubrick), WarGames (Badham), Lost Highway (Lynch) and allusions to sci-fi through several works that engage with mutation or dystopias feature in No Time For Hysteria. More than just a re-appropriation of the simulacra of a bygone hysteria, many of the works in this exhibition use the potent visual images of a distinct historical period to point to enduring concerns about our increasingly complex technological relationship with our world and the tactics of sublimation we employ in defence of this.


For the preview, 126 have arranged a bus leaving from outside the Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 5th March returning from Burren College of Art at 9pm.

Bus tickets cost 8 Euro and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge.

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