Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of works by the acclaimed Irish artist, Sean Lynch with the exhibition Devil In The Detail. A new catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition, which will feature writing by the artist.
Lynch’s artistic practice focuses on storytelling, specifically unwritten narratives and almost-forgotten histories. He pieces together oral histories and anecdotes to create new content to memorialise the often forgotten small stories which link and bind communities and the shape of society.
With a keen interest in the offbeat and marginal, Lynch’s exhibition brings together a collection of sculptures, photographs, and prints, each pointing to how our environments are brought into being, shaped and understood. As the exhibition title suggests, not everything goes according to plan. In Lynch’s world, the technocracy and progress of our contemporary time is a flawed notion, and he sets out to locate moments of poignant resistance to its dominance. Infrastructural mistakes, environmental campaigns, unreliable figures of Irish construction labour and seemingly out-of-control trees all spur on his narratives and investigations.
Lynch’s video Latoon, seen in many places worldwide since its creation in 2007 now finally makes its London debut. It focuses on the story of a whitethorn bush in west Ireland and folklorist Eddie Lenihan, who successfully campaigned to have a motorway redirected in order to save the bush, which he claims is an important meeting place for belligerent fairies of the region.
Two photographs detail a London plane tree in Dublin, known locally as The Hungry Tree that has gradually grown over an innocuous park bench nearby. Lynch’s images, taken ten years apart from the one viewpoint, encapsulate the time and space of this unusual occurrence, performing a long term study of minute changes as a manmade object is literally swallowed up by nature.
Lynch additionally features a homemade tribute to events in London on 29 August 2013, when strong sunshine reflecting from the windows of the infamous Walkie Talkie skyscraper of Fenchurch Street melted cars, a barbershop window, and more (The Daily Mail even had a reporter fry an egg at the location as the story circulated). Close observation of a set of Jaguar XJ car doors in the gallery see marks and indentations created by the artist using summer sun and a large magnifying lens.
Originally presented as part of Lynch’s expansive Venice Biennale exhibition in 2015, a collection of bricks removed from a traffic roundabout in Ireland subtly weave a narrative about urban form, vandalism and minimalist sculptor Carl Andre. Beside this arrangement appear the first graphic representations made in 1927 of An Goban Saor, a mythical Irish builder and key figure in the artist’s recent research. In each print, skyscrapers soar up from the ground. Alas, as with much of Lynch’s work, there are many secrets, schemes and stories stored inside them waiting to be told…
Sean Lynch (b. 1978, Kerry Ireland) currently lives and works in Brussels. He was educated at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt. Alongside representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015, he has held recent solo exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017), Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2016), Rose Art Museum, Boston (2016), Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2016) and Modern Art Oxford (2014), amongst many others. In 2015-6 he curated group exhibitions at Flat Time House, London, and Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, and was recently Audain Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. Since 2006 he works alongside Michele Horrigan at Askeaton Contemporary Arts, enabling over a hundred artist residencies and site-specific projects to be made in southwest Ireland.
Devil In The Detail has been generously supported by Culture Ireland. The catalogue published for this occasion was designed by Wayne Daly.