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Image: Aspen 5+6, copyright, Artists' Books and Multiples, Canada

Dan Graham: beyond walls

7th Jul - 2nd Sep

Image: Aspen 5+6, copyright, Artists' Books and Multiples, Canada


Dan Graham: beyond walls

Curated by Eamonn Maxwell
As part of One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland Project

Opens Saturday 07 July 3pm
Runs until 02 September 2018

Brian O’Doherty and Dan Graham have been friends and collaborators for more than fifty years and, at the age of seventy-six, beyond walls will be Dan Graham’s first solo show in Ireland.

This exhibition looks at the shared practice of O’Doherty and Graham, notably their use of text in artwork. Celebrating the uncovering of ONE HERE NOW after more than two decades, beyond walls will feature two important works from the early years of Graham’s career – March 1966 and Past Future Split Attention. The exhibition will also feature a complete copy of Aspen 5+6, which marked the first time that the artists worked together.

March 1966 – schema

Dispensing with the gallery as a vehicle for the mediation of work, in March 1966 Dan Graham created a series of conceptual “poems” that were disseminated through exhibition catalogues, periodicals and other books. These poems are a response to their contextual surroundings, being both open ended but rigidly defined by their individual placement. By placing these works in disposable, printed matter, Graham wanted the works in art magazines “...to be read in juxtaposition to art criticism, art reviews, and art magazine reproductions of art objects installed in exhibition spaces”. One of these works will be re-presented in the gallery setting of Sirius Arts Centre as a response to ONE HERE NOW.

Past Future Split Attention

This performance work featuring two actors was first staged at Lisson Gallery, London in 1972 and is shown here as a film work. In the early 1970s O’Doherty was the director of Visual and Media Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts in New York. During his tenure he became a champion of process art and in particular the nascent medium of video art and helped to support the development of the form especially with artists like Dara Birnbaum, Joan Jonas and Dan Graham.

Aspen 5+6

The exhibition will also include a double edition of the conceptual magazine, Aspen. In 1967 Brian O’Doherty was employed to edit a double copy of the magazine. Aspen 5 + 6 , was a small box that contained a book, four films, eight cut-out boards and ten printed texts. It was conceived by O’Doherty as the first exhibition to completely dispense with a gallery and he wanted to include works by artists of his own generation, including one of Dan Graham’s March 1966 conceptual poems.

Kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Department of Culture Heritage and the Arts, Cork County Council, Colourtrend and the Port of Cork. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Lisson Gallery, Electronic Arts Intermix, Mary Ruth Walsh and especially Dan Graham for their role in making this exhibition possible.