Sep 26, 2009

'Preponderance of the Small' // Douglas Hyde Gallery 3 // Sep 25-Oct 31, '09

Preponderance of The Small, an off-site project which forms part of The Douglas Hyde Gallery's ongoing Gallery 3 initiative, will feature works by twenty-one younger artists working in Ireland.

Each artist will exhibit at one of twenty-one locations in and around Trinity College, creating a trail of artworks. This is intended to give the viewer the opportunity to look anew at more familiar locations, while also highlighting spaces that are often overlooked.

The title, which derives from a hexagram in the Chinese I-Ching, or Book of Changes, points to the great power and value of small things. In a rapidly changing culture, at a time when many of yesterday's monumental gestures have proved to be empty, grandiose artistic statements seem superfluous. This exhibition is intended to question how we attribute value in today's culture, and to suggest that it is in small things that we may find our way forward.

The exhibition will feature works in a broad range of media, including painting, drawing, installation and video. Many are formally linked through their employment of small elements (marks, gestures, objects) which are repeated or accumulated in order to form a whole that is somehow greater than the sum of its component parts. In each case, beyond the formal relationship of the works, the attitude or approach of each of the artists is key.

The artists, works and venues were selected by a Curatorial Collective composed of three members of The Douglas Hyde Gallery's staff and three young Irish artists.

Untitled Graph Drawing, No.8 (pencil on A1 graph paper, 2009)
(shown in 'Preponderance of the Small' show, Bewley's Cafe)

Untitled Graph Drawing, No.9 (pencil on A1 graph paper, 2009)

Untitled Graph Drawing, No.6 (pencil on A1 graph paper, 2008)