Featured Artist: Tacita Dean

One of the most influential artists of her generation, Tacita Dean trained as a painter but is perhaps best known as a filmmaker.  She has been the recipient of various awards, including the Kurt Schwitters Prize (2009) and the Hugo Boss Prize (2006), and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize (1998).  Her work has been exhibited extensively internationally and she was awarded an OBE in 2013.  In 2014 she became artist-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute, in Los Angeles.  Current work includes her film Portraits (2016), with David Hockney, featured in a solo exhibition LA Exuberance at Frith Street Gallery, London (2016) and a major solo exhibition at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2016).

Event for a Stage - Image courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London 2015 | 16mm colour film, optical sound | 50 mins

Event for a Stage - Image courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
2015 | 16mm colour film, optical sound | 50 mins

EVENT FOR A STAGE

Originally commissioned as a live performance on four consecutive nights at Carriageworks, as part of the 2014 Sydney Biennial, Event for a Stage became Tacita Dean's first foray into theatre and her first experience of working with an actor.  What resulted was a fierce interplay between the artist and actor Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) as they struggled to understand and accommodate each other's disciplines.  Dean filmed each of the four nights as part of the performance with the intention of making the film "but if that premise is easily grasped, the work's actual content, and Dean's treatment of it... are complex beyond belief... the slippages between reality and fiction that all drama is built around are perfectly distilled into the 50 minutes of Dean's film" - Blake Gopnik, The Daily Pic.

Limerick City Gallery of Art | Fri 4 Nov | 4pm & 5pm (two screenings) | €5


Craneway Event - Image courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London 2009 | 16mm colour anamorphic film, optical sound | 1h 48mins  

Craneway Event - Image courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
2009 | 16mm colour anamorphic film, optical sound | 1h 48mins
 

CRANEWAY EVENT

In November 2008, Tacita Dean filmed the choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) and his dance company rehearsing for an event in a former Ford assembly plant in Richmond, California.  Sadly, it was to be Cunningham's last film collaboration. 

The feature-length film concentrates on Cunningham as he works with his dancers over three days and across three stages in the stunning 1930s' Albert Kahn building.  Glazed on three sides and situated in a working port, the factory looks out across San Francisco Bay.  The continually shifting light, the passing pelicans and the ship traffic all contribute to the choreography and the film, the sort of random intervention much welcomed by both Cunningham and Dean. 

"When Merce died on July 26th, I had just begun editing Craneway Event.  I realised that I was in the unique position of still being able to work with him and to create something new, not only about him, but also with him... I gained a different sort of Muse" - Tacita Dean.

Limerick City Gallery of Art | Sat 5 Nov, 4pm | Sun 6 Nov, 1pm | €5