February 4 – March 15
This retrospective exhibition features a collection of Andy Luke’s acclaimed comic books: Gran, a reaction to the death of a family member, celebrating legacy; Absence, a study of how epilepsy has affected the artist’s life, and Don’t Get Lost, about a social group shattered by rape.
Andy will be in residence at the ADF on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the exhibition, developing a new visual narrative in response to news topics that will be worked live on the gallery walls. It will also be possible to see this work on the ADF website. Andy will give a talk about his work as part of the ADF’s ‘Conversations’ series on Thursday 16th February at 2pm. There will also be an opportunity for you to develop your own comic book, in a free workshop led by Andy on Friday 24th at 11am. Please book in advance for both the talk and the workshop and give at least a week’s notification of any access requirements. You can contact the ADF on 028 9023 9450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each of the pieces exhibited is a 24 hour comic – a 24 page strip, created in 24 consecutive hours. Gran received rave reviews from Forbidden Planet International and Dr Who writer, Oli Smith. Absence won a 2011 Social Entrepreneur Award from the UnLtd Millennium Fund. Since then it has been nominated for other awards in comics and epilepsy journalism, and is the subject of an upcoming film.
The Case of the Drowned Archive: Rust prints
May 4 – May 29, 2012
Supported by a grant from the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme.
Artist Aims to Recreate Disastrous Flood In Art Gallery
A near disastrous flood led Drumbo-based artist David Hughes, to a new, innovative method of making art.
For 20 years David was an art magazine publisher and editor. In 2005, his publishing archive was temporarily housed by the University of Ulster. It filled dozens of cardboard boxes and 15 filing cabinets. It contained rare documentation of obscure and unique works of art. In 2009, some months before the archive was to be shipped to permanent housing, its store room was flooded. David opened the door to be met with water cascading from the ceiling and a mini tsunami rushing towards him. Washing machines on the floor above had overflowed. David says: “I stood there with this sopping box in my arms and the bottom just fell out of it. 20 years of my life flashed before my eyes. I thought it was all lost. And I’d been so careful to keep all these beautiful bits and pieces.”
In fact very little of lasting importance was damaged. Some months later everything was reboxed for permanent storage. Unseen, the water had caused the undersides of the metal filing cabinets to rust. When they were moved, they left, on the tiled floor, swirls and lines of orange rust and white salts. The cabinets seemed to have created their own, beautiful, abstract art works. Just as it is possible to read many different stories from an archive, it was possible to see in the rust marks faces and objects. Like the process of seeing faces in clouds, you can see familiar shapes in the rust swirls. This psychological phenomenon, where a vague and random stimulus is perceived as significant or recognizable, is called pareidolia.
David Hughes has spent the last year in his studio recreating the process of rust printing, that he accidentally discovered on the floor of the storeroom, by pressing the filing cabinets onto wet canvas. Some of the prints are coloured with printer inks. He will show a selection of these rust prints during the exhibition and will also recreate the process of flooding and rusting as a live event producing new rust prints during the exhibition itself.
The appeal of the prints is their ability to offer the viewer many different and shifting images – faces, objects, animals, human bodies in dramatic scenarios. Artists frequently tell us that they want their audience to make their own interpretations of works of art. In the case of the rust prints, this literally becomes the case.
A pdf of the news release with images can be downloaded HERE.
David Hughes trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in the early 70s; he read philosophy at the University of Warwick in the early 80s and published art magazines (Hybrid and Live Art Magazine) from 1988 – 2005. From 1994 – 2005 he also worked as a senior lecturer on Theatre courses at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Hull. In 2002 he suffered a major depressive episode which finally led to him retiring from lecturing. He now works as an artist and writer and has shown a number of his works in solo and group exhibitions at the ADF Gallery. He lives in Drumbo with his partner and two children and continues to struggle with the disabling effects of depression. He volunteers for the depression charity, Aware, as a support group facilitator. www.dhbricolage.net
Recovery Sound Installation
June 15 – July 11, 2012
This sound installation, by disabled artist Shannon Yee, is part radio-drama, part visceral trip, ‘performed’ for a single audience member at a time, via headphones. In December 2008, Shannon nearly died from a subdural empyema (a rare brain infection). This 12-minute, work-in-progress segment of Recovery begins her journey of ‘being disassembled and put back together, slightly askew’. Using sonic arts technology, dramatic narrative, movement and sound, Recovery creates a new genre of performance to communicate a personal story of brain injury. The creative team behind Recovery is Paul Stapleton, Anna Newell, Hanna Slättne, Stevie Prickett and Shannon Yee. Recovery was funded through the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme.
continues until 21 September, 2012, Culture Night Belfast.
Jan McNeill’s own connection with language has often been ambivalent and the installation represents a struggle to understand complexities, confusion, and even intimidation around the power and authority of words. The title refers to little clusters of words that form a conversation.