September 5, 2005 - W139 - ORLA BARRY (IR/BE)
September 5, 2005


mixing with the sound of a fountain
10 September – 10 October 2005

Opening: Friday September 9th, 2005,
starting 9 p.m.

W139 artist space
In the Cellars of Post CS
Oosterdokskade 5
1011 AD Amsterdam
tel: 31 20 622 94 34
fax: 31 20 625 12 26
info [​at​]

Image: ‘STARING’ from series «portable stones». Courtesy galerie nadja Vilenne, Liège (Be).

In September 2005, W139 will be presenting the first Dutch solo exhibition of artist Orla Barry (1969, Ireland – lives and works in Brussels). Barry’s visual work is rooted in language and signs and is driven by the tension between visual and literary representation. The artist composes poetic prose – textual fragments that bring together philosophical meditations, casual thoughts and biographical fact as well as fictional elements and (nonsensical) sound associations. In her photographic series, publications, films and performances, Barry dwells on themes such as linguistic intoxication, proximity and distance, melancholy and frivolity, friendship and family relationships, the things that bring us together and those that keep us apart.

W139 will be organising the Dutch premiere of Barry’s new film, entitled Portable Stones (2005), which was previously on view at SMAK in Gent (BE), and will be shown in Camden Arts Centre in London (GB) and in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (IR). Barry has been working on Portable Stones as a production from 2003 till 2005. It can be seen as a fragmented, associative story dealing with two characters – a man in a shack on a northern beach and a girl in a tent standing in a deserted graveyard – who live in a kind of ‘linguistic isolation’ and who explore different forms of indirect communication. Barry works with the multiple meanings of words and gestures, with rhythms and audio-colours. This interplay makes the 60-minute film into a strongly atmospheric, visual poem.

In addition Barry’s W139 presentation includes A Barmaid’s Notebook (1991-2001) and Wideawake (2000), installations that show different ways in which Barry connects the literary/narrative with the visual/performative. Together, these three works show an interesting development in Barry’s work, which moves towards the ‘abstract-personal’, or, as Chantal Ackerman once put it: “the more particular I am (as an artist), the more I address the general.”

Simultaneously with Barrys solo exhibition W139 presents two site-specific installations by emerging artists Floor Meijers (NL) and Jacqueline Lindfors Berger (SE/NL), on view in Restaurant-Club Elf (Post CS, 11th floor) and the former shooting range in the cellars of Post CS.

Location and Opening Hours:
The exhibitions and projects are on view from 10 September – 9 October 2005 at W139 in the Cellars of Post CS Oosterdokskade 5, 1011AD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tuesday through Sunday, 1 till 6 p.m. and can be seen. Entrance is free.

For more information or downloadable photos you can visit the website or contact the W139-office by mail on or by phone on 31 20 622 94 34.

The exhibition and projects were realised with the (financial) support of Gemeente Amsterdam, Maison Descartes, Ministerie van OCW, VSBfonds, Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, SMAK (Gent) en Stichting Postivisme.

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