This solo presentation by Irish artist Eva Rothschild draws from her exhibition The Shrinking Universe which was first shown at the national pavilion of Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2019. Rothschild’s ambitious and immersive exhibition for IMMA continues her exploration of sculptural presence, presenting a physical environment which materially resonates with current political concerns and our ongoing sense of global uncertainty.
The Shrinking Universe consists of individual works made up of multiple elements. Each sculpture retains its own distinct presence while forming a cohesive totality. The array of materials that Rothschild uses in her work, alongside the distinction between the presence of the artist’s hand and industrially-created works, brings about a tension between the monumental and the personal.
In Amphi (2019) a series of cast polystyrene blocks are pushed together, pockmarked and graffitied they are reminiscent of a temporary road block or barricade. The viewer is invited to engage with this social sculpture, to climb and to sit, to directly encounter the piece and to become both spectator and participant, actively present within the work.
Rothschild’s works are dynamically active, unapologetically monumental and bold. Expanding on the artistic lexicon of process, form, scale and materiality, Rothschild creates her own unique sculptural language. The Shrinking Universe is an invitation to look, to be attentive to your surroundings and most of all to be present with the work.
Curated by Mary Cremin, Director, VOID, Derry, at Venice in 2019 and in 2020 at IMMA with Georgie Thompson, Assistant Curator: Exhibitions – Curatorial & Artist Liaison. The exhibition will be shown at VISUAL February to May 2020.
The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences.
The touring show is also supported by Dublin Port Company.
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