Before The Page Is Turned
8th July - 20th August 2011
Before the Page is Turned is a new body of video work by Irvine, taking their starting point from the processes of printmaking. In 2010, Robert Russell and Jackie Ryan from Graphic Studio Dublin, invited Jaki Irvine to spend some time working in their studios, thinking about print. By way of response, Irvine spent several months videoing and recording, developing a series of five works that act at once as a meditation on the processes of printmaking and on the wider context within which it is placed.
Despite the final silence of the framed print, its mode of production involves a series of clanks and squeals and gratings and rubbings that are both jarring and rhythmic. The soundtrack developed by Irvine, which underpins the moving image, incorporates sounds recorded by her in the studios and an instrumental score that both reflects and plays off various elements within the work.
Meanwhile, textual narratives threaded through the work reflect these underlying tensions, interrupted and pulled together by plates emerging from acid baths; inks being mixed; aquatint melted onto copper...