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Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Siobhan Hapaska, from January 13 - February 10, 2001.

In recent years Siobhan Hapaska has gained the reputation world wide as being one of the most innovative and imaginative sculptural talents of her generation, and this year she has the honour of being one of two artists to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale. The exhibition in the Kerlin Gallery will showcase a number of works, both wall-based and freestanding, from recent years, in addition to a number of new works commissioned specifically for this occasion.

Moving effortlessly between abstraction and figuration, Hapaska's sculpture often refers obliquely to travel and rootlessness and suggests a restless yearning for an indeterminate elsewhere. They can be strange mutant forms in immaculately finished, opalescent fibreglass, that appear to have travelled back from an imaginary future or they can be more easily recognised natural objects that have been detached from there original environment. The common thread which runs through all of Hapaska's Art practice is her fascination with the human condition and the universal experiences of desire, longing and hope.

Hapaska's major solo exhibitions include the I.C.A. London 1995, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, 1997 and the Sezon Museum of Art Tokyo, 1999. Prestigious group exhibitions include, Documenta X 1997, Magasin 3, Stockholm, 2000 (with Ernesto Neto and Charles Long) and 'Artifice at the Deste Foundation Athens 2000. In 1998 Hapaska was the winner of the Glen Dimplex award at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

For further information or visual material, please contact Kirsten Dunne.