Artist Lunchtime Talk: 1pm, Friday 24 March
Curious? Find out who the artist is behind the Annie O’Ne project at the Crawford Art Gallery at 1pm, Friday 24 March. Join the artist with curator Dawn Williams for an informal lunchtime talk about the process and resonances of the nine month project.
Throughout the last nine months Crawford Art Gallery has presented a continuum of installations and surprises by Irish artist Annie O’Ne throughout her project Canthus (ends Saturday 1 April, 2017).
Annie O’Ne – pronounced phonectically as ‘Any One’ is a pseudonym of an artist who has left evidence of her presence, sometimes subtly through distorting imagery, sometimes by disrupting and constructing alternative viewing conditions where the viewer may become the object. From wild flower and grass clumps appearing in the historic Gibson galleries to alarms sounding and sculpture falling, the artist has employed sculpture, video and photography throughout the galleries – drawing attention to the overlooked - to ask questions about space and perception, throughout the ‘virtual residency’.
The artist has commented: ‘Like a flicker in the corner of the eye, Canthus @ Crawford exists only as a glimpse, expanding and contracting in scale and duration, and is at times, unannounced, unmediated and unidentified’. Visitors may happen upon the unexpected in a number of places throughout the galleries.
Art historian Grant Kester* has identified art as having ‘a unique power to disrupt, destabilise, or otherwise confound the viewer’s conventional perceptions of the world.’ In Canthus, Annie O’Ne seeks to create disjunctures or interruptions in the normal flow of the gallery experience to create a momentary state of uncertainty that comes about through the realization of something unexpected. O’Ne hopes these moments of rupture will act as springboards for new ways of looking, thinking and re-evaluating conventional perceptions about art and our world.
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* Grant Kester, ‘The Game is Up: Programmers, Patronage and the Neo-Liberal State’ in Marijke Steedman (ed.), Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics, London 2012, p.12 2012, p.12.