Parklife: biodiversity in contemporary Irish art / Art forms in nature / Under the same sky – Announcements


This season, the Glucksman presents artistic explorations of biodiversity in nature, including the large collective exhibition Parklife: biodiversity in contemporary Irish artthe Hayward Gallery Touring initiative Karl Blossfeldt: Art forms in natureand the off-site project Kristina Inčiūraitė: under the same sky.

Parklife: biodiversity in contemporary Irish art
Artists: Amber Broughton, Miriam de Búrca, Kari Cahill, Michael Canning, Cecilia Danell, Rachel Doolin, Gabhann Dunne, Martin Gale, Seán Hanrahan, Martin Healy, Peter Nash, Meadhbh O’Connor

Organized by the Glucksman in association with the Institute of Environmental Research, University College Cork.

Parklife: biodiversity in contemporary Irish art showcases the work of Irish artists who consider the biodiversity of the world around us, looking at how different forms of life thrive in the urban realm as well as in more remote environments. Selected works range from detailed drawings of the various species of animals that live on the campus of University College Cork to photographic studies of birds and plants that bring contemporary resonance to Karl Blossfeldt’s pioneering work on display in our Sisk Gallery. The exhibition features a series of paintings of Scots pine, one of Ireland’s three native conifers, as well as research into how communities save seeds to protect food crops for future generations. Parklife includes two new artist commissions Amber Broughton and Peter Nash who have been invited to engage with UCC Green Campus and Cork University Business School to create new works for the UCC Art Collection that focus on biodiversity and sustainability.

Karl Blossfeldt: Art forms in nature is a Hayward Touring exhibition featuring an original portfolio of 40 photogravures from 1932, titled “Garden of natural wonders», edited by the artist and published the year of his death. The exhibition offers the opportunity to witness an exemplary set of Blossfeldt’s signature close-up images of plants and flora. Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) is considered one of the defining photographers of the 20th century for his outstanding contribution to art through his intricate botanical photographs. During his career, which spanned three decades and included 6,000 photographs, Blossfeldt developed in-house cameras and lenses that allowed him to magnify his subjects up to 30 times. In doing so, he captured the microcosmic aesthetics of his specimens and revealed the underlying structures of nature, which had hitherto remained unexplored.

Kristina Inčiūraitė: under the same sky is a new immersive audio-visual installation in the former St Luke’s Church, commissioned by the Glucksman and curated by Chris Clarke as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival from June 15-26. The project showcases the unique Irish landscape of the Burren National Park in County Clare and raises the question of whether biodiversity can be sustained in our individual and collective memory. Are we able to be less anthropocentric in the face of globalization and rapid climate change? Can we imagine communities that are not shaped by human superiority? Who are we in the face of ecocritical imaginaries? Developed in collaboration with Dr Eva McMullan-Glossop and the University College Cork Choir, the work features a vocal wilderness soundscape based on observation and imagination.

Glucksman’s program of exhibitions and projects is supported by University College Cork, Arts Council Ireland and private philanthropy through the Cork University Foundation.


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