Kathy Prendergast

Atlas

29th October - 10th December 2016

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas, 2016, set of 100 AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, trestle tables, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in Atlas size each, 70.4 x 54.4 x 38 cm / 27.7 x 21.4 x 15 in table size each

 

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas I REYKJAVIK-TORSHAVN, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in 

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas 4 SLIGO-BELFAST, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas 11 LE HAVRE-PARIS, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas 12 REIMS-STRASBOURG, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in 

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas 13 BREST-NANTES, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in

Kathy Prendergast, Atlas 97 ZAKINTHOS-ATHINA, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe, ink, 30.5 x 43.5 x 1 cm / 12 x 17.1 x .4 in

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kathy Prendergast Atlas, installation view, 29 October – 10 December 2016

Kerlin Gallery is proud to present Atlas, an exhibition of new work by the internationally acclaimed artist Kathy Prendergast (b. 1958, Dublin). Prendergast’s first exhibition in the gallery since 2009, Atlas comprises of a single installation of over 100 modified road atlases each laid upon a trestle table. The exhibition will open with a reception in the company of the artist at 6pm on Friday 28 October.

 

At the heart of Atlas are notions of settlement, migration and displacement. The artist has taken a humble, everyday resource, the AA Road Atlas of Europe, and transformed it into a complex and compelling visual statement. Over one hundred copies of the atlas have been painstakingly drawn over by the artist with black Indian ink, eliminating all geographical details except cities and towns, which appear as small, unadorned dots in a sea of black. Collectively, the atlases provide a complete (if oblique) map of Europe, its borders and landmass simplified to reveal only the sites of human habitation.

 

Mapping has been a central component of Prendergast’s work since the beginning of her career. Guided by the illuminating principle that ‘All maps are subjective’, her practice touches not only upon notions of territory, ownership and political designations, tracing the vestiges of colonialism, but also incorporates more personal and emotional responses to cartography. Here, as in her Black Maps series, Prendergast uses erasure and negation to obliterate boundaries, borders and transit routes, whether manmade or natural, leaving only disconnected sites of settlement. But as pointed out by Art Monthly’s David Trigg, ‘for all their negation and absence, the true subject of these works reveals itself to be presence’.

 

In 1995, Prendergast represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, for which she won the prestigious Premio Duemila Prize. Her monumental project The City Drawings, first shown at Venice, was subsequently exhibited at the Tate Britain, London (1997) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2000), which has since acquired the work for its permanent collection. More recently, Prendergast has had solo exhibitions at the 12 Star Gallery, London (2016); Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2015) and PEER, London (2010). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Black Maps, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 18 November 2016 – 1 February 2017.

 

Dublin Gallery Weekend, 25-27 November

The opening hours for Atlas will be extended during Dublin Gallery Weekend and a series of additional events will take place. For further information, visit dublingalleryweekend.ie or contact Rosa Abbott, rosa@kerlin.ie.
 


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Kathy Prendergast, Kerlin Gallery

15 November 2016

Kathy Prendergast has long made a practice of maps. From her 1983 series of watercolors “Body Maps,” which conflated cartography with the female body, to her delicate “City Drawings,” 1992, which won her the Premio Duemila at the 1995 Venice Biennale, she has proven her observation that “all maps are subjective,” with fresh explorations that address naming, control, personal memory, borders, and exclusion.
 
For Atlas, 2016, Prendergast has laid out one hundred copies of the AA Road Atlas of Europe, each open to a different page, on as many trestle tables. By painstakingly blacking out all but the white dots signifying settlements, she imagines a Europe freed from territories, boundaries, frontiers, and networks of roads and rivers. Instead, each point glows, defiant in the darkness, yet also somehow lonely.
 
The outlines of Ireland are clear enough, spread across two sets of pages, but navigating around the tables—which are laid out in a rough schematic of the continent, and further into Central Europe—additional moments of darkness appear. Are these voids seas, lakes, national parks, or perhaps just inhospitable places? Presented as a single installation, this is a powerful work—cultural differences are leveled, while the tiny white dots reveal the tenacity of human endeavor. Our relative smallness among mountains and oceans is utterly laid bare.
 
Gemma Tipton
 
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Contemporary Art Daily

Kathy Prendergast at Kerlin

10 December 2016

Artist: Kathy Prendergast
Venue: Kerlin, Dublin
Exhibition Title: Atlas
Date: October 28 – December 10, 2016
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The Irish Times

Art review: unexpected views at ‘Slips and Glimpses’ and the world map reimagined

6 December 2016

For “Atlas”, Kathy Prendergast has appropriated 100 copies of the AA Road Atlas of Europe and laid them out, opened, each atop a small folding table, to make up an approximate, composite map of Europe. At first glance the gallery resembles a classroom. Have a look at one of the atlases, though, and it seems that someone’s been messing around with a black marker. Every page has been carefully blacked out, leaving just a network of white dots in no apparent order.

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Aidan Dunne

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CIRCA

Kathy Prendergast’s ‘Atlas’ at the Kerlin Gallery

30 November 2016

While looking at ‘Atlas’ by Kathy Prendergast I was reminded of my old illuminated globe. This was an object that ceaselessly fascinated me as a child and I would spend hours tracing the outline of countries with my finger, following the paths of air currents or mouthing the names of exotic places to myself. But what enchanted me most was that with one flick of a switch – click! – the globe would light up and a hidden topographical world was revealed. Vast ridges, ancient forests and undersea mountain ranges suddenly became visible as they nonchalantly crossed man-made borders around the world.

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Brian Davey

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The Irish Times, The Ticket

What's On: Kathy Prendergast, Atlas

30 October 2016

Prendergast is one of the most esteemed and thoughtful Irish contemporary artists. In advance of her solo Douglas Hyde Gallery show, a major new piece that takes as its starting point 100 copies of the AA Road Atlas of Europe. All geographical information, save the locations of cities and towns, has been obscured by the painstaking application of Indian Ink. What we are left with are the tiny beacons of light in a world of darkness. The amended volumes are each laid out on a trestle table.

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Mutual Art

10 Exhibitions Opening This Week

27 October 2016

Kathy Prendergast: Atlas at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
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