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I Went to the Woods: The artist as wanderer

Artists: Anna Bak, Brendan Earley, Fiona Kelly, Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, Richard Long, Helen Mirra, Ria Pacquée, herman de vries, Walker & Walker.

curated by Chris Clarke and Pádraic E. Moore

23 July - 6 November 2016


I Went to the Woods looks at how artists have experienced and portrayed their surroundings in the course of walks, journeys and aimless wanderings. Featuring works by Irish and international artists, the exhibition explores the artist as a drifter, nomad, and traveller, who captures the external environment through the careful observation of their surroundings and the collection of materials, objects and images.

In this way, the artists in I Went to the Woods epitomise a sense of rugged individualism and romantic idealism, a worldview expressed in Henry David Thoreau's statement that gives its title to the exhibition: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

An extensive programme of curated events, performances, lectures, and educational activities takes place at the Glucksman during the exhibition run.

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Danish Arts Foundation, Embassy of Denmark, Ireland, the Flemish Agency for Art and Heritage and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.

You can view a short film on the exhibition here:

Chris Clarke
is Senior Curator at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, where he has previously curated exhibitions including 2116: Forecast of the next century; Everything Must Go: Art and the Market; Stitch in Time: The Fabric of Contemporary Life; Selective Memory: Artists in the Archive; Fieldworks: Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art. He has also curated international exhibitions including Under the Surface: Newfoundland & Labrador at the 55th Venice Biennale; WADE IN at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland; and The Second Act at Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.

Pádraic E. Moore is a writer, curator, and art historian, whose independent curatorial projects include Now is forever lasting constant in the mind, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Ψ (Psi), Fokidos Gallery, Athens; Hot on the Heels of Love, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Girl With The Sun In Her Head, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; The Temple of Psychic Youth, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; As Above, So Below, G126, Galway; Luminous Flux: Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; Conclave: Agne Raceviciute, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania; Maradona two for four: Cullinan/Richards, The Lab, Dublin; Aion Experiments, Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Sunday Night: Aleana Egan, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; and Whispering Pines: Shana Moulton, Broadcast Gallery, Dublin.

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Image: Fiona Kelly The Underdog, 2012, courtesy of the artist

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