Isabel Nolan, Another View from Nowhen
London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE
8 November 2017 – 3 June 2018
Isabel Nolan inaugurates the programme at the new London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, 12 Walbrook, City of London.
Another View from Nowhen comprises two ambitious works that respond to the historic location of the new Bloomberg SPACE: The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything, a vibrant, hand-tufted tapestry, and Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun, a large, open-form painted steel sculpture.
The composition of The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything is based on various geographic and archaeological schematic representations of the ancient Walbrook river which lies beneath the site now occupied by Bloomberg. Making dramatic use of the exhibition space, this soft, expansive tapestry describes the physical and historical layering of the location as a narrative of cosmic proportions.
United by scale, the tapestry and the looming, angular sculpture have a peculiar, colourful kinship. Together they present a physically captivating semblance of the local landscape as though seen from an impossible perspective – ‘Another view from nowhen’.
Isabel Nolan (b. 1974, Dublin) has an expansive practice that incorporates sculptures, paintings, textile works, photographs, writing and works on paper. In concert, her works give generous form to fundamental questions about the ways the world is made meaningful through human activity. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (8 December 2017 – 17 February 2018) and San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas (2018). Recent solo exhibitions include Calling on Gravity, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017); The weakened eye of day, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014), Mercer Union, Toronto and CAG, Vancouver (2016) and A Thing Is Mostly Space, Launch Pad New York (2015). In 2005, Nolan represented Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale as part of a group exhibition, Ireland at Venice 2005.
London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE is part of the ambitious new Bloomberg European Headquarters in the City of London. Entered along Walbrook, the venue has a 124m² floorspace, designed to be natural and flexible. From there, visitors are encouraged to continue down to the two adjoining lower floors, culminating with the viewing of an ancient Roman-era temple. Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art while bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.
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