Tuesday, 17 May 2011

in_flux Art Fair

Occupy Space are proud to present in_flux, a large scale alternative art fair exhibition which brings together ten artist-led project spaces from Ireland, UK and Europe. This temporary hub invites the public and art practitioners to engaging in a weekend of performances, screenings, exhibitions, art viewing and dialogue.

This project considers the model of artist-led spaces, which provide alternative frameworks for art practices and represent communities where ‘doing-it-yourself’ and experimentation are key activities. Artist-led spaces are vital, energetic elements of the visual art fabric of many cities. This exhibition, consisting of pop-up galleries from each artist-led space, makes reference to an non-traditional art-fair format in which non-profit artist-led spaces present exhibitions rather than commercial galleries striving to sell work. 

Artist-led spaces participating in in_flux include:

126, Galway

Block T, Dublin

Transmission, Glasgow

Basement Project Space, Cork

Transition, London

Monster Truck, Dublin

Wolfart, Rotterdam

Catalyst, Belfast

SOMA, Waterford

1646, The Hague

in_flux HQ

From May 26 - 29 in_flux temporarily takes over the Thomas Street Centre, an 11,000 m2 landmark building in Limerick city centre. The ten galleries will present their pop-up exhibitions over five extensive floors, while the top floor will host an e v+ a bookshop and in_flux Salon, a place for discussion, screenings and talks.

in_flux brings to Limerick a exciting sample of diverse contemporary art practices from some of the most interesting artist-led spaces in Ireland and Europe. This project initiates a collaboration between grass-roots art spaces of similar orientations, with the intention of creating new opportunities for artists locally, nationally and internationally, while promoting the strength of visual culture in Limerick.

A series of events will accompany the exhibition programme including VideoGram, 10 x10 Pecha Kucha, artist talks and visits to local studios. in_flux is partnering with Limerick City Gallery of Art and e v+ a to present Double ACT, a series of conversations, screenings and reflections on the collaborative process with guest appearances by a number of interesting artists, curators and other creative types. Double ACT Programme will take place in the in_flux Salon from May 26 - 28. Full details to be announced on the LCGA website www.gallery.limerick.ie 

LCGA has also extended the run of How Capital Moves a new body of work by artist duo Kennedy Browne, curated by Annette Moloney, to coincide with in_flux. Originally commissioned for the Lodz biennale Poland 2010 the work is partly a response to a computer factory relocating to Łódź in Poland from Limerick, Ireland. Open at Istabraq Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick 9.30 - 5.30 throughout in_flux. 

Concurrent to in_flux Occupy Space presents an exhibition which considers human obsession with the end of the world. Oops Apocalypse presents work by Beagles & Ramsay, Baldvin Ringsted, Sam Dargan and Alan Mongey, responding in different ways to our fixation with the apocalypse. Open1-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. 

in_flux launches on Thursday 26 May at 7pm in Occupy Space.