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"TROUBLES: Tensions Evident Beneath Surface of Northern Irish Images"
2001-09-13 until 2001-10-13
The exhibition at Plug In showcases two emerging Irish artists, Susan Philipsz and Eoghan McTigue, in addition to
large-scale works by Victor Sloan from the past ten years. For twenty years, senior artist Victor Sloan has documented public life in Northern Ireland with his unique photographic treatments. Victor Sloan is an artist of prodigious versatility and
As well as making 'straight' photographs of considerable poise, Sloan scores and scratches his negatives and reworks his
prints with gouache or crayon. He is best known for his images (measuring between four and six feet wide) of the Orange Order and
the marching season, as well as of public life in Portadown, County Armagh. Mixing intimacy with anonymity, the casual with the
formal, Sloan’s artistry lies in his ability to bring to the very surface of the image the tensions underlying the apparent normality of life in
Philipsz will exhibit a sound work on vinyl, I Remember You, inspired by the James
Joyce story The Dead, as well as a cd installation, Company. McTigue will produce public works while in residence at Plug In, utilizing
the standard institutional notice board in a comment on painting and display called Empty Sign.
About the artists
Born in Dungannon, County Tyrone in 1945. He lives and works in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He
studied painting at Belfast College of Art and was recently elected Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy. He has had solo shows
in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Mexico and the USA, as well as throughout Ireland and the UK. His work is in many private and public
collections including those of the Imperial War Museum, London, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the National Museum for Film,
Photography and Television and the Museum of International Contemporary Art, Brazil.
Born in Glasgow, residing in Belfast, Philipsz has exhibited her haunting recordings throughout Europe, Australia and the United
States, in venues as diverse as supermarkets, galleries and public transit. She holds an MFA from the University of Ulster, Belfast, was
recently shortlisted for the prestigious Glen Dimplex Artists Award and is currently on a PS1 scholarship in New York City.
Originally from Galway, residing in Belfast, McTigue is founder/coordinator of UK art projects such as last order(s), and Grassy Knoll
Productions, which reexamine the display of public communications. He holds an MA in Art and Architecture from the Kent Institute of
Art & Design, and was recently awarded the Arts Council of Northern Ireland/ CIRCA Bursary in Contemporary Art and Architectural
Sloan/Philipsz/McTigue was organized by Wayne Baerwaldt and Valery Camarta.
This exhibition has been sponsored by Pollard Banknote Limited, Canada.
PLUG IN gratefully acknowledges the support of The British Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council Bridges Program,
The Canada Council for the Arts, Winnipeg Arts Advisory Council, W.H. and S.E. Loewen Foundation, The University of Manitoba
School of Art and Architecture, The Winnipeg Foundation, Community Places, New Directions, Young Canada Works in Heritage
Institutions, Manitoba Education and Training, Peter McConville, our corporate and individual donors, our volunteers, and our