Primal Architecture and Duncan Campbell

Primal Architecture and Duncan Campbell

IMMA — Irish Museum of Modern Art

In order of appearance: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-FO48646-0030. Photo: Wegmann, Ludwig, 19 June 1976. Duncan Campbell,
Arbeit (still), 2011. Video. Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul/London. Mike Kelley, Primal Architecture, 1995. Acrylic,
wood, steel, pencil and paper, 270 x 220 cm. Collection Museum Ludwig Cologne / on loan Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst
am Museum Ludwig e.V., 2006. Courtesy Museum Ludwig. © The Mike Kelley Foundation / Kelley Studio.

November 26, 2014

Duncan Campbell
8 November 2014–29 March 2015

Primal Architecture
8 November 2014–1 March 2015

Irish Museum of Modern Art
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Dublin 8
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Duncan Campbell
IMMA presents Turner Prize Nominee Duncan Campbell’s largest exhibition to date. Duncan Campbell’s artistic production spans several media and concerns itself with the power of stories and the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, historical narrative and media representation, record and interpretation.

Campbell’s work blends the inherent promise of storytelling with the breakdown of narrative and meaning. His preoccupation with truth and refusal to adhere to prescribed or narrative conventions resonate in recent works such as Arbeit (2011) about the German economist Hans Tietmeyer who played a key role in the centralization of the European financial system and Make It New John (2009), which takes as its subject the American automobile engineer and magnate John DeLorean and his iconic DMC-12 car, as well as the West Belfast plant where it was produced. Similar notions are addressed in Bernadette (2008), his documentary about controversial Irish republican MP and civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin.

Duncan Campbell was born in Ireland in 1972. He completed the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and a BA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1996. He lives and works in Glasgow. In 2013 Campbell represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale. In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9, Belgium, and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. Campbell is currently nominated for the Turner Prize 2014.

Primal Architecture
Mike Kelley, Jeremy Deller, Conrad Shawcross, Kevin Atherton, Linder, Jesse Jones and Bedwyr Williams
This exhibition borrows its title from an iconic work by the influential American artist Mike Kelley, Primal Architecture (1995), in which the artist uses sculptural forms to map a history of his personal genealogy. Exploring ideas inherent in Kelley’s piece, this exhibition brings together works by both international and Irish artists that elaborate on themes of pseudo-autobiography, sexuality, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia. 

Since the sixties, contemporary art has been associated with moments or acts of crises and political change. Often these acts have not only affected art, but also mirrored what was happening within society. Primal Architecture unfurls in the form of a sequence of episodes or chapters that can be read with relative autonomy, each offering exhilarating interpretations of the human condition and the complex ways we interact with and narrate the world around us.

The selection of works on display spans generations, and across varied media including installation, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and photography. Primal Architecture includes works by Kevin Atherton, Jeremy Deller, Jesse Jones, Mike Kelley, Linder, Conrad Shawcross and Bedwyr Williams. A series of programmed happenings, performances, screening, events, talks and lecture accompanies both exhibitions, please visit our website for more details.

Coming soon to IMMA:
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Sound Speed Marker
5 December 2014–4 May 2015

Dorothy Cross selects from the National Collections
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3 December 2014–8 March 2015


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