Oonagh Young Gallery Dublin will host the concluding episode of Stereo JLG / the editing of the trailer by John Lalor, on Thursday 6th May, from 6-8pm. As part of this event, at 7pm, artist JOHN LALOR will be in conversation with MAEVE CONNOLLY, lecturer in the school of creative arts, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and CHRISTINA KENNEDY, Senior Curator: Head of Collections, Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Stereo JLG / the editing of the trailer is a text-based artwork by Irish artist John Lalor which has been emerging within the pages of the Irish Times newspaper since 8th March. Borne of a nostalgia for newsprint and a salute to 1960s Conceptual art strategies, this artwork has materialised in the domain of traditional mass-media publishing by quietly inserting itself within this broadsheet’s pages in six sequential episodes to date. The Pilot and earlier episodes appeared within the WorldNews and Bulletin pages on 8th, 13th, 27th March, 10th and 24th April.
Working within the organisational system of the Irish Times, each episode has appeared without caption or explanation, a modestly scaled piece of black text on a red ground, which has fitted in while retaining mutability, a potential to be something else, absorbing and inflecting the tenor of surrounding news and images. Quietly radical, it has re-shaped the landscape of the newspaper as it has passed through.
This is the latest iteration of a text-based artwork which Paris-based, Irish artist John Lalor created 4 years ago, in response to a major exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, Paris,“Voyage(s) en Utopie, Jean-Luc Godard, 1946-2006, A la recherche d’un théorème perdu”, celebrating legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Lalor’s text grew out of that encounter, and flows along, unpunctuated, personal and authentic – as he walks in his mind, sketching things out a flâneur amidst his own thoughts.
John Lalor attended Limerick School of Art, Ireland. He lives and works in Paris since 1988 and has exhibited widely in both countries, most recently in Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; and Glassbox, Paris, along with film-screenings at SUB:URBAN, Rotterdam, La Fémis cinema in the context of ‘Pointligneplan’, Paris, Centre international d’art & du paysage, île de Vassivière; and Temporarycontemporary, London. He was an active member and director of Glassbox, a pioneering artists-run space from 2004-07 in Paris.
Stereo JLG / the editing of the trailer runs at Oonagh Young Gallery until 7th May
The preview of ‘Rialto Twirlers’ by Anne Maree Barry takes place on the same evening in The Lab which is located on the same street as Oonagh Young Gallery.
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