In Two Minds was first recorded in 1978 at the Serpentine Gallery, London. In this two-screen video installation, Atherton converses with himself about the nature of the gallery space, the art object, the viewer, and critically the role of the artist and subject. Since then, Atherton has ‘re-entered’ his work to face fresh interrogation by and of himself as artist and subject, thereby generating updated versions of the work and giving the viewer a sense of a changed world and subject. The version IMMA presents here from the Collection, was filmed in 2014 when Atherton updated the work for the exhibition Primal Architecture at IMMA.
Kevin Atherton will preform In Two Minds (1978 – ongoing) on Thursday 22 June at 6.30pm. The performance will be followed by an In Conversation with Atherton and artist Sonia Shiel. Please click here to book your place.
This work was acquired for IMMA’s Collection in 2016, through a unique partnership with Hennessy Ireland which aimed to help fund the purchase of important works by Irish and Ireland based artists for the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. Click here to discover more about this work in the IMMA Collection.
Kevin Atherton (b. 1950, Isle of Man) is an artist who works with performance and new media in sculptural contexts. A retired fine art educator, his is a time-based practice with an ongoing interest in the relationship between the real and the fictional. Since the 1980s he has created many large scale public sculptural commissions. He was Head of the Department of Postgraduate Pathways in the Faculty of Fine Art in NCAD, Dublin and as such has influenced a whole generation of young artists.
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