Irish Modernisms: legacies of Modernism in the north – 29 May to 18 Sept

James Ashe, Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Phillip McCrilly, Grace McMurray, Ben Weir

Saturday 29 May – Saturday 18 September 2021

Launch: Friday 28 May 2021, 7.00–9.00pm

The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry is pleased to reopen its doors with Irish Modernisms: legacies of Modernism in the north. From architecture and infrastructure to everyday domestic design, the works in the exhibition include print, sculpture, textile, and architecture, highlighting the complex and nuanced influence of modernism in the north.

James Ashe’s work often responds to architecture and the built environment, and for this exhibition he presents a series of newly commissioned print editions of Modernist building across NI from Craigavon, Banbridge, Sion Mills and Derry~Londonderry. Rachael Campbell-Palmer‘s work addresses seriality and architecture with two bodies of work using concrete featuring in the exhibition. Seriality is also a feature of Grace McMurray‘s hand-woven ribbon works, using geometry and patterns of Modernist art and design that also questions gendered labour and its value.

Ben Weir has created a site-specific sculptural installation to transform CCA’s gallery into an abstracted domestic environment. Using modular concrete blocks the hearth and countertop host domestic objects selected by Phillip McCrilly. Phillip’s research is present through the ornaments, trinkets, demijohns of Gorse Wine, foraged wildflowers and a remaking of a rejected illuminated sign amongst other items.

The exhibition is co-curated by Catherine Hemelryk and Matt Retallick and a series of workshops and seminars accompany the exhibition, watch this space for more information.

Read more about the exhibition and the artists on CCA’s website CCADLD.org.

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