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Mary McIntyre

The Path of Distribution Point of Light2015

McIntyre is interested in drawing relationships between the spaces she depicts in her photographic images and the gallery spaces these images inhabit. For this installation, The Path to the Distribution Point of Light, she has constructed a low platform, in the form of a shallow ramp that spills out from the corner of the room. The stage-like structure introduces a sense of heightened theatricality as you are invited to walk across it to view the photograph on the wall. The photograph depicts the corner of an empty studio in an art school following the frenetic activity of end of year student exhibitions. The transition from the mess and clutter of those studios during term-time to their quietude in the summer period creates an impression of stillness that resonates in this image. Through the interaction between photographic and installation elements, this work highlights different physical and psychological states that may be experienced by the viewer; between the ‘interiority’ of individually contemplating the image and the ‘exteriority’ of heightened self-awareness as your footsteps register acoustically on the wooden platform.

MediumPhotographic print
Dimensions Framed, 109 x 130 x 5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2018
Item NumberIMMA.4045
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Mary McIntyre, The Path of Distribution Point of Light, 2015, Photographic print, Framed, 109 x 130 x 5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2018

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Mary McIntyre

Mary McIntyre was born in Northern Ireland, where she lives and works. She graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast (MFA), where she is now a Reader in Fine Art. Her work was exhibited in The Nature of Things: Artists from Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland’s first presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Exhibitions include Visual, Carlow; The MAC, Belfast; Belfast Exposed Gallery; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Helsinki Photography Biennial; The Courtauld Institute, London.
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