News Archive 2016
GUT INSTINCT Art, Food and Feeling opens at Glucksman Gallery
GUT INSTINCT Art, Food and Feeling opened to a large audience at the Glucksman Gallery last night. Curated by Chris Clarke, John Cryan and Fiona Kearney the exhibtion was opened by Cónal Creedon writer in residence UCC following a panel discussion with the curators and participating artists.
Professor John Cryan introduced writer in residence Conal Creedon who opened the event. Feature the work of artists Marina Abramovic, Sonja Alhäuser, Eilf Arkan, Fiona Hallinan, Siobhán McGibbon, Abigail O'Brien, Thomas Rentmeister, Neil Shawcross and Domestic Godless the exhibtion runs until 19th March.
The correlation between these two "brains"—the state of gut and the state of mind—is exemplified in artworks that blur the distinctions between mind and body. In Siobhan McGibbon’s sculptures, pristine white figures appear to melt into indefinable masses of dripping fat and flesh, while her drawings depict microbes merging with simplified human forms. Elif Erkan’s Lotus Eaters also employ an unusual approach to her materials, as the artist "feeds" vitamins such as St. John’s Wort and Omega 3 into abstract plaster forms to reveal unexpected juxtapositions of the organic and the synthetic. The infusions either disappear into their materials or slowly, visibly, rot and decay. In the work of Domestic Godless, performative events introduce participants to strange—and often repulsive sounding—new recipes. Their installation explores notions of disgust and digestion and includes custom-made toothpastes and suppositories. Sonja Alhäuser’s work exemplifies many of the concerns found throughout Gut Instinct. Her drawings, including several new works draped along the walls, combine portrayals of feasts and harvests, anatomical diagrams and playfully absurd sketches, to represent the indistinguishability of our mental and bodily lives. Here, these domains are intertwined, each feeding into the other.
Gut Instinct features a curated programme of events including a public symposium on art and food on February 25, 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue. For further information, please email exhibitions [at] glucksman.org.
Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling is supported by University College Cork, The Arts Council Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.
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Artists: Marina Abramovic, Sonja Alhäuser, Domestic Godless, Elif Erkan, Fiona Hallinan, Siobhan McGibbon, Abigail O’Brien, Thomas Rentmeister, Neil Shawcross
Curated by Chris Clarke, John Cryan and Fiona Kearney