Video and sculpture installations at Lightness exhibition at Mermaid
LIGHTNESS Exhibition was opened at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray last week.
The group exhibition includes work by Tracy Hanna, Sofie Loscher, Grace Weir and Niamh McCann.
The show includes video and sculpture installations and brings together the work of five artists who are concerned with the struggle to find pattern and meaning in the seemingly random, strange and mysterious world we live in.
The selected artists share a study of perception, form and our understanding of the world, sometimes constructing a parallel world of sensory perception.
The ideas for the exhibition are from Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, where Milan Kundera explores a light and heaviness that he associates with outlooks and ways of being in the world.
Eternal return or Amor fati is used to describe an outlook in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as character building.
In a counter point to this view, Kundera argues that we only have the opportunity to try one path, and hence we have no point of comparison or meaning.
Instead, those characters who are heavy cannot accept this unbearable lightness of being, and seek to attach a meaning and weight to what they consider important in life.
The artists in this exhibition are selected for their curiosity and wonder in things, and in the world around them - an outlook which they bring in their various practices to their art-making.