Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane hosts British artist Tacita Dean’s first solo exhibition in Ireland. Based in Berlin since 2000, Tacita Dean trained as a painter and works in a variety of media. She is best known for her compelling 16mm films, in which the specific qualities associated with film-making are of central importance. The still nature of her films invokes associations with the qualities of painting.
Running through all Tacita Dean’s work is an obsession with time, especially with things which are on the verge of disappearance, especially objects and structures, which in their day promised much but have since become obsolete.
“For me, obsolescence is a state of normality. Everything that excites me no longer functions in its own time. The one thing I have noticed is that so often I am attracted to things conceived in the decade of my birth. I court anachronism – things that were once futuristic but are now out of date – and I wonder if the objects and buildings I seek were ever, in fact, content in their own time, as if obsolescence was invited at their conception” the artist states.
Part of Dean’s work follows the peregrinations of others in which she records places and moments in time, in search of images and sounds which explore the uncertain frontiers between reality, illusion and the imagination, sometimes overlapping with her own experiences.
Among the films included in this exhibition are Kodak (2006), Noir et Blanc (2006), Section Cinema (Homage to Marcel Broodthaers) (2002), The Green Ray (2001), and Presentation Sisters (2005), a work made in Ireland in 2005 in response to the South Presentation Convent, Cork, along with a related work from alabaster entitled Presentation Windows commissioned as part of Cork European Capital of Culture and curated by Sarah Glennie. Other works closely related to the films are a series of 25 photogravures entitled T&I (2006); Crowhurst II ,(2007), a large scale overpainted photograph; Magnetics Aviary, a collection of sound recordings on magnetic tape; other installation works and objets trouvés .
Tacita Dean has exhibited internationally and her work had received widespread critical acclaim. She was awarded the HUGO BOSS PRIZE in 2006 and in 2005 won the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale.