DeLorean: Progress Report
7 – 29 January 2010
Sean Lynch’s photographs, installations and publications continue to investigate and bring to attention understandings and representations of history. His first solo exhibition at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery takes as a starting point the bankruptcy and subsequent aftermath of the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry, outside Belfast, from 1981-2. A series of photographs trace a path taken by the artist throughout 2009 to seek out and find the location of the tooling once used to make the body of the car, essentially the formgivers that gave DeLorean its famous profile. Sold off and dispersed to scrapyards through the country in1984, it was rumoured that the tooling was purchased by fishermen to be used as anchors. Lynch eventually located them at the bottom of Galway Bay, where crabs and lobsters now live in the coral around the nooks and shapes that once pressed out stainless steel panels of the car’s exterior. Also, presented for the first time is ongoing work to produce sections of a DeLorean by handmade rather than industrial means.
This exhibition was funded by a New Work Award from the Arts Council.
A public conversation between the artist and the writer Caoimhin MacGiolla Leith will take place in the gallery on Saturday January 23rd at 12pm.
All are welcome.
The In Conversation series is organised by Elaine Byrne.
Sean Lynch (born 1978, Kerry) was educated in fine art at the Stadelschule, Frankfurt, and had solo exhibitions at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Context Gallery, Derry, Heaven’s Full, London, Galway Arts Centre, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ritter & Staiff, Frankfurt, and completed a commission with the National Sculpture Factory, Cork. He has featured in group exhibitions at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, and Office Baroque, Antwerp. His work currently features in the touring Arts Council exhibition Noughties but Nice: 21st Century Irish Art. He is also author, editor and publisher of several books and pamphlets that focus on Irish art and architecture. In 2010 he will complete a public art project with Dublin City Council, and produce exhibitions at the Frankfurt Kunstverein and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
An essay to accompany the exhibition by Kevin Barry will be published in The Dublin Review.