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The Project Spaces
15 July - 24 August 2014
Becca Albee | David Horvitz | Antonia Low | Leung Mee-ping | Stephanie Nava | Sonia Shiel | Nick Thurston | Albert Weis
Unseen Presence is a group exhibition which chases concepts of time, repetition and suspense. The exhibition merges contemporary vision and ideals with an aim to imagine and re-call the past. Over the duration of the project works may be shown which are incomplete and some might be removed to make way for new ideas. Unseen Presence supports various research and studio practices of recent and current arts practitioners participating on IMMA’s Residency Programme and serves as a testing ground for developing projects at the Museum.
Using Hilaire Hiler's 1939 Prismatarium as a starting point Becca Albee
has adapted Hiler’s use of a colour wheel set in contrast to grey bands
on the walls. Originally created as a "ladies' lounge" in the Aquatic
Park Bathhouse in San Francisco, it is currently a senior centre and
maritime museum, hints of which are visible in the video. The grey mural
will serve as a test site for the addition of other elements during the
For Unseen Presence David
Horvitz has contributed How to exit a
photograph a photographic triptych whose print quality files are
openly downloadable and printable. Want one? You can retrieve the files HERE. IMMA’s Blog features Last Stop the Gravediggers: A
dusk till dawn residency at IMMA, an interview with Horvitz about his
unique time at the museum.
Antonia Low has photographed a window in the rambling hallways of the
Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles and printed the image as a voile.
Hidden, forgotten and overlooked areas elude the customary lines of
sight, permitting new possibilities as regards their use, purpose and
Moon Room by Leung Mee-ping is a
work about the artist’s recollection of the first time she saw a
Francis Bacon painting. For Unseen
Presence Leung merged her personal memories and professional
influences with new contexts which mirror the ambiguous spaces found in
From a basis in drawing Stephanie Nava is concerned with relationships,
engagements and encounters with the natural world. Her work is a montage
at its core, assembling ideas as much as images or objects in an
inherently narrative form, for Unseen
Presence Nava will continue to bring her visual interpretation of
IMMA’s environment to commence a new visual narrative.
Sonia Shiel’s Parse is the story of a young girl determined to bring about the return of her mother from a trip to outer space, in accordance with the laws of jocular physics under which her world is ruled. Set in a cartoon-habitat, where things do fall slowly; space and distance are compressed; death is recoverable from and stars are souvenirs.
Nick Thurston’s pocketbook Romantic
Tragedy is a potentially infinite epic. It treats the recto-verso
cycle of the codex book like an ox-eye daisy. With one ink, one fold,
one staple and the equivalent of one A4 sheet of cheap recycled paper,
it plays out a classically romantic, first-person tragedy.
Albert Weis’ taped silver is a folded sheet of paper attached to the external wall with aluminium tape. The tape hides the paper but also highlights the hidden folds of a spatial structure which refers to the dimensions of the adjacent doors of the museum. In temps (hours) the illusion of a normal clock is given, the hands turn in synchrony, but in the opposite direction. Past and future are reflected and hold the present in the balance.
Scheduled events and happening so far:
Open Studios | Saturday 19 & 26 July | 12:00 – 13:00
Talk | Saturday 26 July | 14:00 – 15:00 | Janice Hough discusses Unseen Presence with current residents in the Project Spaces at IMMA
Talk | Wednesday 13 August | 17:00 – 18:00 | Janice Hough discusses Unseen Presence with current residents in the Project Spaces at IMMA