Posted on | November 20, 2011 | No CommentsThis evolving, touring art project features Irish artists Mark Cullen, Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler and Jessica Foley as well as the British-born Chinese artist Gordon Cheung.
Lawler’s futuristic-looking, quasi-architectural paintings play off against Judge’s various hand-moulded mountain peaks, the best of which, Reliable Wonders (left), appears to levitate, starkly lit in a corner. Cullen’s enormous, fluorescent strip-light tepee (entitled Justified Ancient) seems to anchor the show in sci-fi territory, but Foley’s inquisitive approach borrows more from the conventions of the school science experiment, including her found-object construction Electromagnet.
Cheung shows a scorched portrait of the early computer (or difference engine) inventor Charles Babbage, while his War video, with its bronco-riding cowboy in a psychedelic landscape, leaks a mesmerising soundtrack – This is the End by The Doors – throughout. In Lawler’s painting, Urban Mountain 3, one of her trademark chequered structures projects from a charred landscape. It’s among the highlights of a show that hums with a pleasingly pervasive atmosphere of possibility.
Difference Engine; Manifestation V is at Soma Contemporary, Waterford until 3 December 2011.