Thursday 14 November 2019

Space for artistic flair in Macroom with exhibition


A TOUCH of international artistic flair is coming to Macroom with the announcement that the Town Hall gallery is to host a collection of work by both local and USbased Asian artists.

'Time in Space' is part of Cork County Council's annual visual arts programme, which strives to present the visual arts to the wider Cork public throughout the county.

Ballingeary based artists Bernadette Cotter and Robert Rasmussen are joined by SuChen hung and Hun-Chung Lee, a pair of Asian artists located in San Francisco,

Co-curator Norah Norton says the Ballingeary artists' connections with their Asian counterparts led to the exhibition evolving organically, which in turn brought about the invitation that was issued to Su-Chen Hung and HunChung Lee.

"Then began a round robin of consultation which, in effect led to a fully artist led project, co-curated by Bernadette, and with constant emails between all concerned. This is one of the most enjoyable ways of experiencing the curation process," Norton said.

The central theme of the exhibition is the effect that time and space has on the spectator.

"The installations I create often encourage a viewer to experience rather than to be a spectator. The viewer acts as a performer in my work, both completing and bringing it to artistic life," Hung, who was born in Taiwan, explained.

Born in Seoul, Korea in 1967, Hun-Chung Lee has had a number of exhibitions across the world. He makes both ceramic sculptures and large installations, using a range of materials.

Robert Rasmussen was born in Oslo but spent a lot of his childhood in Oakland, California, before moving to Ballingeary, where Bernadette Cotter was born and raised. She has won a number of awards, including Culture Ireland Grants, an Arts Council Grant and a Fullbright Scholarship.

'Time in Space' launches next Friday, August 5, until September 3 in the Macroom Town Hall Gallery.