Artist Talk/Presentation: Shaking the Picturesque with Andrew Carroll | 21st April

Date: 21st of April
Time: 4:45-5:45pm
Location: Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay
RVSP: Please email michelle@backwaterartists.ie to reserve a place at this free event, places limited

“Shaking the Picturesque” is a project that was begun in response to the call-out for the Project 12 Residency in 2022. The project was initially conceived of around the artist’s finding of a John Hinde Irish postcard-image that seemed to be a composite photograph, constituted by clichéd landscape-elements from many diverse images. This created – in the mind of the artist, at least – a depiction of the Irish landscape as a kind of theme-park. Challenging this theatricality, as well as the concept of the ‘Picturesque’ that inhabits the a priori imagination attached to the Irish landscape, the artist began the project by experimenting with creating his own composite landscape, seen in reverse-perspective. Later experiments that followed expanded on this ‘troubling’ of the historical, ideological frame through which the Irish landscape is collectively perceived, by natives and tourists alike.

About the Artist

Andrew Carroll studied Architecture and Design, before attending IADT Dún Laoghaire for his BA and MA in Visual Arts Practice. His practice is grounded in painting, drawing, photography, installation and model-making. With his practice, he is primarily concerned with the creation of meaning, where both symbolic and perceptual elements are related to their contexts, simultaneously employing and exposing the apparatus of representation within his work, or incorporating a space of interpretation within signifying structures.