I have made a place

Crawford Art Gallery

Curated by Michael Waldron

  18 June – 19 September 2021 

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, detail from; A Mountain for Venice, scroll drawing, sharpies bought from Tesco’s & Schoolbooks.ie, four fancy copic markers from Evan’s Art Supplies (web order), on John Purcell paper kept in customs from January to March and time, oh sweet precious time, H84 cm x L458cm, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda.

 

 

02 Image

 Laura Fitzgerald, detail from; After the Spin Cycle (Top quality bales assured), bended and JJ Smith welded metal with Amanda Fisher sewing, audio recorded on Tascam four track, transferred to digital, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda

Hello,

This is a note from me, the exhibition, to you. I really missed you. Art of course continued to be made; in studios, bedrooms, and kitchens. Sometimes placed within digital landscapes, new territories of expansion and contraction… but there was no one to activate it or engage with it. No one to stroke an unframed drawing on a gallery wall, no finger to poke into the sides of what you think might be a sculpture. No scoffing in humour or disdain at an art video. You are very important.

I think the artist (Laura) wants to make art out of, and about, some of the ‘last things’ she sees: rolls of children’s paper from IKEA, giant pages of really expensive paper from John Purcell in London, metal from China that has gone up 30 percent since January – and the last bit of bog.

The artist is not nostalgic. NO! The show must go on. She has just made a place. Arranged some things to let you know about certain narratives that are on her mind. Stuff like: how to be with neighbours, how not to go too mad, how to lean against a wall. It’s all potentially a disaster. There is something very cathartic about the ‘last things’.

Kind Regards, The Exhibition

 

Laura Fitzgerald: I have made a place is the third exhibition in Crawford Art Gallery’s artist-directed programme, which aims to platform the development of an artist’s career, support their current research interests, and connect with audiences through a collaboration with Crawford Art Gallery, its site, and collections.

In this exhibition, Laura Fitzgerald creates a place – a smallholding – to examine ideas of art and art practice. In a time of scarcity and Brexit, the artist probes the difficult task of being an artist through drawings, sounds, video, and a story that conjures a restless figure who is obsessed with cutting turf.

The exhibition comprises new large-scale scroll drawings, video works, and striking bale forms – sculptural drawings and sound installations from which competing voices emerge and invite the visitor to listen, look, and perhaps have a bit of a laugh.

Laura Fitzgerald: I have made a place also features screenings of Into the Mire (2011) by Nigel Rolfe. The exhibition is accompanied by a commissioned text by Sally O’Reilly and the artist’s limited edition risoprint companion publication, The Restless Bogman (2021). A special ‘In Conversation’ event between Laura Fitzgerald and John Strutton will also take place during the exhibition’s run (18 June – 19 September 2021) at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

Laura Fitzgerald is a visual artist working in drawing, painting, video, and text. A graduate of both the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Royal College of Art, London, she is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award (Arts Council of Ireland) for 2021. She was shortlisted the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020 and recent exhibitions include participation in the 39th EVA International with Fantasy Farming (2020) at Limerick City Gallery of Art; the site-specific Cosmic Granny (2019) in Inch, County Kerry; and Lucian’s Neighbours (2018) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. She recently received a Golden Fleece Award for 2021 to create a studio on her father’s land in Kerry, Ireland.

 

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, detail from; A Mountain for Venice, scroll drawing, sharpies bought from Tesco’s & Schoolbooks.ie, four fancy copic markers from Evan’s Art Supplies (web order), on John Purcell paper kept in customs from January to March and time, oh sweet precious time, H84 cm x L458cm, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda.

 

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, Searching for Robin, 4K colour with sound, 2021 Duration 19:03, image credit Jed Niezgoda

Fantasy Farming Image

 Laura Fitzgerald, I have made a place, solo presentation, an installation at the Crawford Art Gallery as part of Platform Initiative, curated by Michael Waldron, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda.

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, The Restless Bogman, edition of 100 risoprint Artist books, Designed and printed by Or Studios, 2021, image credit Or Studios.

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, Rolfian Rises, 4K colour with sound, 2021 Duration 0: 49sec, image credit Jed Niezgoda

 

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, I have made a place, solo presentation, an installation at the Crawford Art Gallery as part of Platform Initiative, curated by Michael Waldron, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda.

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, detail from; A Mountain for Venice, scroll drawing, sharpies bought from Tesco’s & Schoolbooks.ie, four fancy copic markers from Evan’s Art Supplies (web order), on John Purcell paper kept in customs from January to March and time, oh sweet precious time, H84 cm x L458cm, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, I have made a place, solo presentation, an installation at the Crawford Art Gallery as part of Platform Initiative, curated by Michael Waldron, 2021, image credit Jed Niezgoda

02 Image

Laura Fitzgerald, Getting better at baling, more bales are needed for winter, pen and marker on Alan Phelan paper, 2021 image credit Jed Niezgoda.

.

Working Hours

Imaginary
7am - 6pm
Real

10.00am - 5pm