Green on Red Gallery

Exhibition

The Dark End of the Street
Nigel Rolfe

  • 31 May - 07 Jul 2012

'Don't care how great you are and don't care what you worth, when it all comes down, you gotta go back to mother earth' Memphis Slim

Sites in the landscape are markers of political events both past but also more present. The land and places on it underscores fault lines and centers our attention on our shortcomings in how we live together. Whether workplaces or dark and bloody grounds: from the personal to the global. Either close by or far from here.

In Ireland from the depleting boglands in the midlands, to the bogside in Derry there are many landscapes of loss and contest. These are reflected too in a wider world far away, whether in Majdanek in Poland or Pine Ridge in South Dakota, places that in themselves bear witness to man’s inhumanity to man and stand as unknown monuments to stupidity and greed.

An always relevant quote from Piotrowski states 'that art is no longer an aesthetic question but the question of human survival'. The questions that penetrate us about art’s possibility to delve into dark matter or to be able to make any contribution to repair caused by hurt, Inspired by Primo Levi or Chomsky, is to just ask what are our responsibilities in relationship to the world itself, either as creative workers or thinking beings. Perhaps this is a call for a revised political art of the landscape, more timely now as capitalism struggles in deflating economies and environmental damage continues to go unchecked.

In Track the artist appears recumbent, passive, awake but motionless and at the mercy of the flayed landscape. It is an image that holds in tension perfect stillness and slow, silent clock–like movement. Shrine also presents a mute, featureless façade to the viewer in the first image in the show. Hidden behind Shrine’s minimal face is the memory of unspeakable destruction when the levee of the 9th ward, New Orleans, was violently, naturally sundered. The Dark End of the Street demands that we remember. Without memory we are compromised agents. Unlike some previous exhibitions by the artist, this exhibition is silent, but it is deafening silence.

Nigel Rolfe will perform PENDULUM in Green On Red Gallery on Thursday 28 June, at 7pm (sharp), this performance will be in collaboration with Garvan Gallagher and Mary Nunan. All are welcome.

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  • Track location still. Boglands. Co Kildare (2012)
  • Photo by: Will Rolfe
 Track location still. Boglands. Co Kildare (2012)
Heroes (2012)
World of Stupid Men (2012)
Shrine (2012)
Early One Morning (2012)
Performance of PENDULUM in Green On Red Gallery, 28 June 2012
Performance of PENDULUM in Green On Red Gallery, 28 June 2012
Performance of PENDULUM in Green On Red Gallery, 28 June 2012
Performance of PENDULUM in Green On Red Gallery, 28 June 2012

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