April: Laurence Kavanagh

29 September - 1 December 2012

In Autumn of 2012, artist Laurence Kavanagh presented new work, freshly commissioned by Gerald Moore Gallery. 

April is a development of his ongoing engagement with the seminal nouveau roman cinenovel La Jalousie (Jealousy, 1957) by Alain Robbe-Grillet. Evoking the geometry of the novel's structure and its recurring themes, April is an installation made from white steel and cast components that transformed the ground floor gallery. The installation explors the psychology of domestic architecture, the objects contained within it and the potential for these elements to reflect/project internal states of mind. April uses everyday domestic items such as a table, chairs, picture frame, wash basin and soap as devices to project a 'shadow mirror' onto the wall of the gallery. The 'shadow mirror' draws a relationship between object, image and viewer.

April is part of a series of twelve works, and to date Kavanagh has exhibited three of them as part of the show 'Lights, Camera, Action!' in Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, earlier in 2012. As artist and director, Kavanagh also conceived and created the artwork for a collaborative choreographic dance work Jealousy at the Print Room Theatre (February 2012).

Laurence Kavanagh is represented by Marlborough Contemporary, London. Recent exhibitions and projects include 'Transmitter/Receiver: The Persistence of Collage' (Arts Council Collection group show: MIMA, Middlesborough and touring, November 2011-May 2013); Group Show (PilarCorrias Gallery, London, 2011); OrielMostyn Open (Winner, 2011); 'Volta' (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2010); 'The Lonely House' (Cocheme Residency offsite project, London, 2009). Residencies include: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2010); The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009); The Cocheme Fellowship, University of the Arts London (2008); and The British School at Rome (2007). Kavanagh has also curated several group exhibitions in London, which include 'Wider than The Sky' (2005); 'The Music of The Future' (Gasworks Gallery, London, 2007).