Samuel Laurence Cunnane

OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde, China

23 March – 20 May 2018

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

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Flora 2​, 2018, hand-printed silver gelatin print, 15 x 10 cm / 4 x 6 in image size

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

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Flora 7, 2018, hand-printed silver gelatin print, 33 x 24cm / 13 x 9.5 in

Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Figure 2, 2018, hand-printed silver gelatin print, 33 x 24cm / 13 x 9.5 in

Samuel Laurence Cunnane presents 16 new black and white photographs in a new solo exhibition at Boxes Museum of Art, Shunde. This new body of work is the result of a three-week residency in China.

 

For this series of photographs, all hand-printed silver gelatin prints, Laurence Cunnane looks towards the city of Guangzhou – its voracious growth and rapid urban sprawl. “What interests me is what gets pushed out in the name of progress,” the artist writes. “Lights and concrete banish shadows and nature, and with them, the sublime.”

 

The artist seeks out overlooked corners in which handy plants thrive. These pockets of vegetation, abandoned terrains and industrial blindspots undermine the city’s urbanity and expansion, signalling the resilience of damp, decay and growth.

 

The exhibition is presented in parallel with Long Game, a new solo exhibition by Merlin James opening at Boxes Art Museum on the same date.

 

For more information, please contact Rosa Abbott, rosa@kerlin.ie.