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Clare Langan

Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Visual Arts
23 March - 11 May

Clare Langan
Curated by Neva Elliott

Internationally renowned and respected artist film-maker Clare Langan's exhibition at The Dock is curated by Neva Elliot. Elliott is an artist, writer and manager of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group. The exhibition celebrates Clare Langan’s beautiful, haunting visions in video  featuring seven of her seminal works.

Langan's landscapes are abandoned, and reclaimed by nature, after the fall of civilisation and humanity.  Images oscillate between familiarity and otherness of terrains succumbed to weather; drowned, frozen, sand-drifted, snow-bound, clouded.

Langan’s worlds are not only visual but aural, music and soundscape replace narrative to create sonic portraits of post-apocalyptic scenes.  She has worked with composers and musicians such as Jóhann Jóhannsson,  Linda and Irene Buckley, Judith Ring; Hildur Guðnadóttir,Jurgen Simpson, Jana Winderen and filmed in locations in Ireland, Iceland and Namib Desert.  This exhibition features the Irish premiere of The Winter of 13 Storms (2017) and A Film Trilogy from the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Clare Langan studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and with a Fulbright Scholarship, completed a film workshop at NYU.  She has represented Ireland in numerous international Biennales, including the 25th Bienal de Sao Paulo, 2002 Brazil; The Liverpool Biennial – International 2002, Tate Liverpool: Sounds and Visions, Art Film and Video from Europe, 2009, Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv; Singapore Biennial 2008, curated by Fumio Nanjo, and toured to Dojima River Biennale 2009, Osaka Japan; Busan Biennale 2010, South Korea.  In 2003 Langan presented A Film Trilogy at MoMA in New York and at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Her film Metamorphosis, 2007 won the Principle Prize at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany.  In 2007 it was exhibited at the Lyon Biennale; Houldsworth Gallery, London; Loop, Barcelona; NCA Gallery, Tokyo; Pratt Art Gallery New York and the Miguel Marcos Gallery, Barcelona.  State of Suspension, 2012 was shown in Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, and The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.  She participated in the Glen Dimplex Artists’ Award 2000 at The Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The Wilderness 2010 was exhibited in the RHA Gallery, Dublin.  Her films and photographs are in a number of international public and private collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Office of Public Works, the Tony Podesta Private Collection, Washington, and the Hugo and Carla Brown Collection, UK.  The Floating World had its world premiere at the prestigious KINO DER KUNST 2013, Munich.  Jury members included Cindy Sherman, Isaac Julien, Amira Casar, Defne Ayas and Heinz Peter Schwerfel.  The film was awarded the Prix Videoformes 2014 | Conseil Général du Puy de Dôme at VIDEOFORMES 2014, Clermont-Ferrand, France.  Her film Flight from the City 2015 with music by Jóhann Jóhannsson premieres at B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt.  She just completed a permanent large scale photographic and video installation for NUI Maynooth. 

Neva Elliott is a professional practicing artist exhibiting nationally and internationally, with institutions such as the RHA, Limerick City Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Ireland and the South African National Gallery.  A Fine Art graduate of DLIADT and Central Saint Martins Elliott represented Ireland at the International Artists Residency in Argentina and is a winner of the Taylor Arts Award.  She also curates, writes and speaks on contemporary art practice and has had creative non-fiction published in Banshee literary journal and RTÉ online.  Neva is CEO of Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading new music group. nevaelliott.com

Associated Events:

Opening and screening Saturday 23rd March at 2.00pm

Clare Langan in discussion with Cristín Leach, Art Critic, Writer, Broadcaster, and a special screening of the following films; 

The Human Flock (2017), Flight from the City (2016) ,River (2015) commission for permanent artwork at NUI Maynooth.

Accompanying River will be music curated by Gary Sheehan, Head of Programme Planning, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Booking details on www.thedock.ie

When All Is Said And Done  Saturday 11th May 8.00pm 

An evening of live art collaborations across literature, visual art and music, featuring performances by Sinead Gleeson (Author),  Stephen Shannon (Composer/Producer/Musician), Kate Ellis (Cellist, Crash Ensemble) and Rory Tangney (Visual Artist). 

Booking details on www.thedock.ie

Further information about Gallery Tours contact Laura Mahon  Visual Arts & Education lmahon@leitrimcoco.ie

Exhibition credits All images courtesy of the artist