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Culture Night 2017
Nigel Rolfe | Breath

  • Friday 22 September 2017

For Culture Night 2017, Green on Red Gallery will open until 9pm with Nigel Rolfe's Breath available for viewing.




Breathing Out Breathing In

Breathe Freedom



A set of relational works made recently in 2017

About inside and outside

Insides and outsides

How the world outside enters us

How we seek to be and where to belong

Where in the world

Caught for breath


In Performance making

The agency of being and doing most often has four representations:


Firstly the body as site is the instrument for actions.

This located in place and across time.


Its afterlife which are perhaps threefold:


The residue of what is left in material terms, traces and remains and deposits.


Then the captured document as the photographic or filmic record - holding and marking - archiving moments of time.


Then possibly the most significant, the memory of the transient or

ephemeral images made directly in the moment . What resonates and is retained of animated and changing passing pictures - the somehow caught in between.



Take breath, breathe:           actions-drawings-photographs


Nigel Rolfe is recognised among the  leading artists working currently in performance, a subject he helped establish and define from his first " sculptures in motion " in 1969.  

He moved to Dublin in the early '70s and from here he developed and fine-tuned his practice inside and outside galleries and museums and in festivals and biennale across 5 continents.  He has developed a solid reputation not only as a leading performance artist but as an activist, teacher, curator and scholar.

He has been presenting works consistently in many counties for more than forty years.

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