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Terra Incognita
New works by Damien Flood at dlr LexIcon

  • Monday 20 June 2016

Solo Exhibition by Damien Flood at DLR Lexicon, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire.

Exhibition Opens on Friday the 8th of July and runs until the 27th of August

Terra incognita or terra ignota (Latin “unknown land”) is a term used in cartography for regions that have not been mapped or documented.

Damien Flood started the DLR Visual Art Commission with a question: what is it to know a place? Recorded interviews of personal stories and historical research became a starting point for a series of new paintings which look at how we know a place through the people that live there. These works merge Flood’s perception and experience of the interviewing process with the histories gathered, to offer a unique retelling of Dun Laoghaire’s legacy through a contemporary lens.

Terra Incognita examines the changing identity of the area as depicted by the vibrant and energetic contributors. A gestural line narrates multiple voices in the paintings and links present contributors to an abstract, psychological landscape. The palette used responds emotively to each encounter, and descriptive shapes, colours and motifs build a new view of Dun Laoghaire.

The title of each work offers a key into a reinterpreted story of place and time, such as 70 year old friendships evoked in 'Playground' and a retiring Harbour Master in ‘Captain’. 'Engaged' teases out a duality between communication and society’s changing values, while ‘Cinder' reflects on the impact of a fire that destroyed a church is the 1960s. Terra Incognita mixes the universal and the personal, the life-changing and the everyday, and ask us to look at the places we know anew.

Damien Flood will be in conversation with Mary Conlon on Wednesday 3rd of August.

More info http://www.dlrcoco.ie

DLR Lexicon
Marine Road
Dun Laoghaire
County Dublin
Ireland.

Image: Playground, 2016, oil on canvas, 150 x 125cm

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