Tallaght Community Arts Centre, Tallaght, Co Dublin
Do you know what you saw? by Andrew Vickery is a piece which is based around a journey which the artist made to see a performance of Wagner’s Parsifal in Bayreuth when he was 19, and more recently the artist re-traced that journey once more. Working from memory Vickery made a series of paintings relating to the experience.
The opera describes the disarray of a brotherhood of monks who guard the Holy Grail, and tells the tale of Parsifal, a simple innocent who eventually saves them through his quest for wisdom and compassion. The viewer is drawn into a charming and enchanting realm of imagination, the childlike simplicity of the paintings adds a sense of playfulness which is further amplified by the use of music. Vickery’s questions into not only the fallibility of memory, but also the naivety of perception clearly pointed to in the title of the work. The deceptively simple imagery in the paintings appeals on various levels, drawing the viewer into enchanting realms where the stage is open for a journey into the imagination. As the slides change, the images chop between landscapes, cityscapes, saunas and gay-bars, scenes from the window of a train and sweeping skyscapes.
Born in Devon in 1963, Vickery now lives and works in Dublin. Recent exhibitions include the solo show, Do you know what you saw?, 2004, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery and group shows Permaculture, Project Gallery, 2003, The Holiday Show, RHA Gallery, 2002, and Utopias, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 1999.
This exhibition is part of a long-standing partnership between the Arts Centre and the Museum. Workshops with five national schools and St. Basil’s Traveller Training Centre will accompany the exhibition, supported by the Department of Education and Science.