Samuel Laurence Cunnane

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Walnut Trees, 2017, hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed, 18.7 x 25.5 cm x 7.4 x 10 in image size, 41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Napkin, 2017, hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed, 18.7 x 25.5 cm x 7.4 x 10 in image size, 41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Sunrise, 2017, hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed, 18.7 x 25.5 cm x 7.4 x 10 in image size, 41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Rags, 2017, hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed, 18.7 x 25.5 cm x 7.4 x 10 in image size, 41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Peach Stone, 2017, hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed, 18.7 x 25.5 cm x 7.4 x 10 in image size, 41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Flora 6, 2018, hand-printed silver gelatin print, 33 x 24cm / 13 x 9.5 in

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Figure 1​, 2018, hand-printed silver gelatin print, 15 x 10 cm / 4 x 6 in image size

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Palm Trees​, 2018, hand-printed silver gelatin print, 15 x 10 cm / 4 x 6 in image size

Samuel Laurence Cunnane  Men in park 2016 Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed 16.8 x 25.4 cm / 6.6 x 10 in image size 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane  Petrol Station 2016 Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed 10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Celia looks out the window, 2016, Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed, 10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size, 27.6 x 32.6 x 3 cm / 10.9 x 12.8 x 1.2 in framed

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Field 2015
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, framed
edition 2/3
12.7 x 19.1 cm / 5 x 7.5 in image size 
 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Charlotte, Germany 
2013
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
10 x 15 cm / 3.9 x 5.9 in image size
Samuel Laurence Cunnane  Larkspur  2015 Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper 16.8 x 25.4 cm / 6.6 x 10 in image size 
 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Flower and Strip Lighting 
2015
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size
Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Tree and Clouds 
2015
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
12.7 x 19.1 cm / 5 x 7.5 in image size 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
White Wall 
2015
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
15.2 x 10.2 cm / 6 x 4 in image size 
 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Yellow balcony 
2014
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
19 x 12.7 cm / 7.5 x 5 in image size 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Man in Cafe
2014
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
10 x 15 cm / 3.9 x 5.9 in image size
Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Mercedes
2014
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
15 x 10 cm / 5.9 x 3.9 in image size
Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Roses
2014
Hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper
16.7 x 25.5 cm / 6.6 x 10 in image size 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 30 September – 9 November 2016
 
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Kerlin Gallery, 22 May – 20 June 2015
 
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Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Fortnightly Features Presents IV, Kerlin Gallery, 2–13 May 2014

Having been very influenced by documentary film, in particular direct cinema or cinema verite, Cunnane's approach to photography has always probed questions about the apparatus of the camera as analogous to the mechanisms of the eye and the act of witnessing itself. He is interested in the formal interaction between eye and lens and where the shortcomings of both interact.

 

Not so much interested in a central 'event' or happening, Cunnane's camera seeks to explore the remnants or the outskirts of an occurrence, sometimes by simply implying something has happened. This potential of the everyday fabric of our world to be transformed and to be altered, like a set piece of props is never far from the work. More recently, Cunnane continued this exploration in a work made in Guangzhou in China in which the aim was to explore the underlying tension and messiness of the unnoticed debris and overlooked oddities that escape progress. This approach will be continued in a new work based in the west of Ireland.

 

A BA Photography graduate of IADT, Dublin (2011), Cunnane's work uses film and chemical photographic processes, printed by hand by the artist. He remains highly connected to the physicality of the production process, in no small part influenced by the increasingly dematerialised nature of contemporary image making and its subsequent dissemination and consumption.

 

Recent solo exhibitions include Boxes Museum of Art, Shunde, China (2018);  Öktem Aykut, Istanbul (2017);  Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2016); THEODORE:Art, New York and Kerlin Gallery (both 2015). Projects and group exhibitions include Fortnightly Features Presents, Kerlin Gallery (2014); the screening Portfolio, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France (2012); Listen, Block T, Dublin (2011); and The Invisible City, The Joinery, Dublin (2009). In 2012, he worked in the Maysles Documentary Centre in New York, spending time alongside its founder, the celebrated American filmmaker Albert Maysles, to hand print his collection of documentary photographs.

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane

OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde, China

23 March – 20 May 2018

Solo exhibition of 16 hand-printed silver gelatin prints by Samuel Laurence Cunnane, all produced during a three-week residency in China.

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

30 September - 7 November 2016

Museum solo exhibition with accompanying publication.

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane

THEODORE:Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA

18 September – 25 October 2015

Solo exhibition

Samuel Laurence Cunnane will be showing a selection of new work at THEODORE:Art in September. It will be his first solo exhibition in the United States.

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

26 October 2016

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Shooting on 35mm film and populating his small, hand-printed images with downbeat characters and settings, this young Kerryman’s Douglas Hyde exhibition follows an extended period traveling through the Balkans, Turkey and Iran. They say location is everything, but Laurence Cunnane’s images are stripped of obvious signifiers, rendering his subjects and their locations curiously adrift. Travelling seems important but we learn little about the places he visits. Instead, in a set of formally exquisite prints, we are given a record of the marginal, the displaced and the provisional. Images preoccupied with borders and moments of transition contain crossover points both physically evidenced – a preponderance of windows – and metaphysically hinted at, in their sense of a world translated through a curious but uncertain eye.

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Trust the Process: interview with Samuel Laurence Cunnane

23 October 2016

Samuel Laurence Cunnane’s new photography exhibition is currently on display in the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Contemporary in style, Laurence Cunnane’s work is a series of hand-printed colour photographs, intimately framed and presented to the viewer as snapshots of his life. He has previously exhibited all around the world – from the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin to the Theodore:Art gallery in New York City. He very kindly took the time to answer some questions I had about his work.

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Capturing Unobserved Moments in Daily Life, Samuel Laurence Cunnane

15 October 2016

Irish photographer Samuel Laurence Cunnane presents a thought-provoking series of photographs this month at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Graduating from IADT in 2011, Cunnane describes himself as a “documentarian”, and his work is heavily influenced by cinema. His photos display a keen eye for detail, capturing the unobserved moments of daily life.

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