THIS IS WATER

04/02/2016

 

 

 

Simon Cummins | Paul Hallahan | Lee Welch  

Opening night: 11th February 6-9pm

Exhibition continues: 12th – 19th February

Catalyst Arts presents THIS IS WATER, an exhibition by Simon Cummins, Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch.

The exhibition takes its title from This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, an essay by David Foster Wallace that was written as a graduation speech for Kenyon College in Ohio in 2005.

The text brings forward notions of the everyday, the banal and the outright frustrating nature of day-to-day life, something Foster Wallace was trying to describe to the crowd of new graduates. His offering up of ideas on how they may overcome these obstacles and take inspiration from perceived negative conditions was an attempt to reassess these small scenarios as moment’s beauty, sublime in nature, rather than the mundane and outright antagonising that they could be perceived as.

Cummins, Hallahan and Welch have produced an exhibition of works with Foster Wallace’s text in mind, through conversations with each other about the ideas behind it and the idea of beauty. THIS IS WATER sees the trio move forward from their collaborative project in 2013 titled Fuck, Shit, Piss, exhibited in 126 Gallery, Galway.
For Catalyst Arts the artists have put together works that will attempt to both stand on their own and also be part of one overall installation encapsulating the gallery.

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