Being without Finish
A solo exhibition by Anne Hendrick
21st July – 30th August 2014
Official launch: Saturday 19th July at 4pm
Opened by Independent Curator, Carissa Farrell
Followed by a wine reception
Wexford Arts Centre is delighted to announce the opening of Being without Finish, an exhibition of new work by contemporary Irish artist, Anne Hendrick. Having exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and abroad, Anne explores feelings of optimism counter-balanced by disenchantment through flattened perspectives and unconventional dimensions, with the moon acting as the omnipresent muse.
Working in the medium of paint, textiles and video installation, Anne’s technique is one that is produced slowly and meditatively, seducing with silky and textured surfaces in an attempt to produce images that almost transcend their object hood. This process of production occupies one of two main areas in Anne’s work, whereupon layer upon layer of paint is built up, often to disguise alleged mistakes which then infuse the work with an archaeological depth. A somewhat optimistic exterior belies the broader concerns of the works.
The second area concerns the artist’s preoccupation with specific and cultural transformations in modern history, a concept of the artist-as-historian. Referring to the recurring motif of the moon throughout her work, Anne refines this exploration by focusing on the 1969 Apollo 11, moon landing and feelings of heroism it produced at a time of deep societal disillusionment. In stark contrast, she also draws upon the events surrounding Charles Manson and the site where he and his followers lived, Spahn Ranch. In a painterly depiction of its current landscape devoid of human presence, the works questions the memories and feelings attached to sites that now seem insignificant or even picturesque. With these two events, Anne’s aim is to go beyond ‘fan art’ or allegory and explore how feelings of gratification and disillusionment can be explored through painting and made relevant today.
Artist Anne Hendrick was born in Wexford and graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a joint BFA in Painting and History of Art in 2006. Since then, she has exhibited in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Monster Truck and Roscommon Arts Centre as well as the U.K, Iceland and Barcelona. She is co-founder of the artist collective Scissors Cuts Paper, and artist-as-curator venture White Wolf Projects, having also curated and co-curated over twenty exhibitions throughout Ireland. Being without Finish marks Anne’s sixth solo exhibition in Ireland. She will host her second solo exhibition of 2014 in the Talbot Gallery in Dublin.
Being Without Finish will run in Wexford Arts Centre from Monday 21st July to Saturday 30th of August and galleries are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
For further information on the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information and to view additional work by Anne Hendrick please click here.