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Gerard Byrne

Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011

14.1. – 3.4.2011
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.
Artist Gerard Byrne talks about his exhibition at MK Gallery

Gerard Byrne: Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact.  Research ongoing since 2000 AD.  Image courtesy the artist.

Gerard Byrne

14 January - 3 April 2011

 

This exhibition will be Gerard Byrne's first major solo show in a UK public gallery. It presents the culmination of his ten years of research around the Loch Ness Monster, the myth fuelled in the 1930s by the popular press in order to sell newspapers. Including photography, film, text, sound and archival material, this project blurs the lines between fiction and documentary, exploring how images inform our understanding of myth and reality. Byrne presents his own evidence of the monster's existence, posing the question: is it possible to capture an image of something that does not exist?

 

Byrne was born in 1969 in Dublin where he lives and works. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (1994) and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Arts (2006), Byrne represented Ireland in the 2007 Venice Biennale. Major presentations of his work have been included in the biennales of Gwangju and Sydney in 2008, Lyon in 2007, the Tate Triennial in 2006, and the Istanbul Biennale in 2003.

 

Byrne's work is primarily lens based, in film, video, and photography. The film / video projects involve reconstructing particular historically charged conversations originally published in popular magazines from the 1960s -1980s, including visions of the future by science fiction writers. Developing out of his interest in acting and theatre as cultural forms, Byrne has worked on a number of projects with actors and sets in gallery spaces which test the historical distinctions between sculpture and set design, acting and non-acting, and spectacle and spectator.

 

 

Exhibition generously supported by Culture Ireland, Lisson Gallery, London, Green On Red Gallery, Dublin, John Jones, London and the Exhibition Circle of Friends.

 

Related media and links

Press Release  PDF


Exhibition Reviews

 

4/5 - Time Out

 

London Review of Books

Culture 24

this is tomorrow

Aesthetica

Events

Exhibition Preview
6pm - 10pm. All welcome
Thursday 13.1.2011

Teacher Preview
Events Room, 5-6pm
Thursday 20.1.2011

Film Screening
Thursday 20.1.2011

Live Guides
3-5pm
Saturday 22.1.2011

Live Guides
1-3pm
Saturday 29.1.2011

Artist Film Screening
Matt Smith: Selected Films 2002 - 2010
Thursday 3.2.2011

Live Guides
1-3pm
Saturday 5.2.2011

Family Day
Saturday 26.2.2011

In Conversation
Gerard Byrne and Maeve Connolly
Saturday 26.3.2011

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