A City of Beautiful Nonsense | Ciara Rodgers

Dates: 14 October– 25 November 2022
Days/Times: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm
Location: Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay
Opening Reception: 13 October, 6pm

An exhibition of art works drawing from the incongruous, contradictory nature of the changing built environment.

Backwater Artists Group is proud to present a city of beautiful nonsense, an exhibition of new work by Ciara Rodgers. The exhibition title cites the novel The City of Beautiful Nonsense (1909) by E. Temple Thurston, a surreal and sentimental tale of two cities. Using building materials and discarded objects as drawing substrate or photographic display mechanisms, Rodgers distorts their usual narrative.

Join us for the Opening Night of a city of beautiful nonsense on Thursday 13th October at 6pm, with opening remarks by Padraig Trehy, Film Director and Lecturer in Film and Contemporary Visual Culture, MTU Crawford College of Art and Design. All Welcome.

Additional Events

Workshop | 5th November, 2-3:30pm, Studio 12: A Purposeful Drift Through the City. 

Artist Talk | 19th November, 1:30-2:30pm, Studio 12: Ciara Rodgers in Conversation with Miguel Amado. 

About the Artist

Ciara Rodgers is a visual artist based in Cork City, Ireland, a member of Backwater Artists Group with a BA and an MA in Art from MTU Crawford college of Art and Design.

Working in a variety of media including drawing, photography, performance and installation, Ciara often takes site specifical space as her starting point. She deals with themes such as memory, nostalgia, ruins, failure, restrictions, and freedoms with narratives borrowed from philosophical theory or fictional worlds often underpinning her research. Elevating defunct, forgotten or ignored spaces, structures and objects to a higher level of appreciation, fieldwork and walking the city are an integral part of her practice.

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