This exhibition comprises the installation, Lapsus Exposure, 1992–94, the second work in a trilogy by the internationally-acclaimed Irish artist James Coleman, being shown in the Great Hall at IMMA. The first installation, I N I T I A L S, 1993-94, was shown in August 2006. This trilogy of pioneering works by Coleman from the 1990s was acquired by IMMA through funding from the Heritage Committee of the National Cultural Institutions in 2004.
Born in Co Roscommon in 1941, James Coleman is widely regarded as having a uniquely influential role in a range of media that dominate large areas of current art practice. For more than 30 years he has used the photograph, the projected film still, the transparency, the slide show with sound track and the film as powerful means of conveying his reflections on the meaning of the image, whether moving or static. Although widely recognised abroad as one of the outstanding artists working with new media, Coleman’s work has not had major exposure in his homeland. The showing of this trilogy hopes to redress this.