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The Cabinet of Wonders

LINENHALL ARTS CENTRE - CASTLEBAR - CO. MAYO

 

'UNTITLED' (BONE, HAIR), PERCEPTION (WILLOW, BEETLES), THREE (WISHBONES), UNTITLED (NATURALLY FIRED SPHERES WITH COPPER)

SANDRA CORRIGAN BREATHNACH

 

THIS IS THE FIRST IN THE ''CABINET OF WONDERS' SERIES

21st of JUNE - 25th SEPTEMBER 2016

 

The Cabinet of wonders is a visual art project at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. The project is devised, curated, installed and managed by Visual Artist Ian Wieczorek. The Cabinet of Wonders presents a series of objects mined from the creative imagination of a selection of Contemporary Visual Artist, Fional Coffey, Sandra Corrigan Breathnach, Medbh Gillard, Sarah Lundy, Bennie Reilly, Mary Ryan, John Waid and Ian Wiecsorek. Inspired by the eclectic approach of the original collector-curators, it presents a range of works 'to engage, intrigue, surprise and delight'.

Cabinets of Curiosities (also known as Kunstkabinetten or Wunderkammern), were collections of unusual objects which offered insights into the rich and often curious diversity of the natural world and beyond, spanning everything from antiquities and religious relics to natural 'freaks', medical curiosities and other uncategorisable items.

Inspired by the empirical approach of Classical thinkers such as Aristotle and Pliny the Elder, Cabinets of Curiosities found their beginnings in the time of the Renaissance. Initially seen as both edifying and as markers of status for their collector-curators, they offered a cocktail of learning and entertainment. The Cabinets remained a mostly exclusive preserve of the rich and influential, until in the 19th century the likes of showman PT Barnum's American Museum introduced a more public and often sensationalist sensibility. While the fashion for Cabinets of Curiosities no longer holds currency, they paved the way for the more formal and rigorous museum model that we are familiar with today.

Taking its inspiration from the Cabinet of Curiosities, this Cabinet of Wonders presents a series of objects mined from the creative imagination of a selection of contemporary visual artists. Inspired by the eclectic approach of the original collector-curators, it presents a range of works that will hopefully intrigue and engage the passing viewer.

TEXT IAN WIECZOREK

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FIONA COFFEY

SANDRA CORRIGAN BREATHNACH

MEDBH GILLARD

SARAH LUNDY

BENNIE REILLY

MARY RYAN

JOHN WAID

IAN WIECZOREK

 

THE CABINET OF WONDERS IS A PROJECT DEVISED AND CURATED BY IAN WIECZOREK

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