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Updated: Feb 15

The Complex presents a new exhibition by Jaki Irvine and Locky Morris

‘Re_Sett_ing_s’ in the Gallery (entrance Arran St East) with a special launch Friday 28th October from 6-8PM.

A picture of a rock and metal tied to a rope

This exhibition, supported by the Arts Council is the culmination of a six month collaboration between Jaki Irvine and Locky Morris, that looks at and contrasts the rural with the urban, capturing the distinctive beauty of each.

A back and forth between the artists helped inspire them to create this work. Intertwining sounds with photos and drawing influence and motivation from each other’s unique style and creative energy, they have together produced a remarkably captivating piece of work.

About The Artists

Jaki Irvine works with video installation, photography, music composition and writing. Her immersive video and sound installations tell stories through fragmented, elliptical and open-ended narratives informed by rigorous research. Irvine picks out evocative details from the landscape or cityscape, in particular honing in on Dublin and Mexico City, two cities that have shaped and informed her practice. Contested histories, sonic bricolage, the built environment, and the customs and communities of a city’s residents have all found their way into Irving’s deep-reaching and polyphonic work: songs that filter through a city’s streets, overheard conversations, the flap of a hummingbird’s wings are given equal gravitas. Her attention is often turned to the peripheral or the undervalued: recentring stories or figures written out of history, particularly female figures, or presenting an alternative approach to the present, making space for strangeness. Humans and nature become intertwined in her imaginative worldview, with plants, birds and creatures permeating her practice, and adding to the sense of the unknown and unknowable, and blurring the boundary between the real and the imagined.

Locky Morris was born in Derry City where he continues to live and work. Renowned for his early work that explicitly dealt with the conflict in Northern Ireland - most notably from a socially embedded perspective - he has gone on to develop another working vocabulary that moves fluidly between the personal, public and political. While still informed by the complexities and intricacies of his immediate landscape, this work extends across photography, video, gallery installation and incorporates the social media platform, Instagram. Morris’s practice, born in part out of a fascination for what confronts him in the often chaotic details of the everyday, is rich, inventive and marked by a visual playfulness that feels distinctly his own. Running parallel to this have been numerous large-scale works and interventions in the public realm. The work has also been influenced by his active musicianship.

Re_Sett_ing_s will be presented on 8 screens in The Gallery and can be viewed Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 12pm - 5pm.

The Complex programme is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council, with special thanks to Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and the Douglas Hyde Gallery.


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