Room Gallery, 1200 Art Culture Technology, Irvine, CA 92697-2775, USA
Opening: 2018/09/29 14:00
Opening times: Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 12 – 6PM, Thurs. 12 – 8PM
Ella de Burca
UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ELLA DE BÚRCA
UC Irvine’s Room Gallery is pleased to present new works by Ella de Búrca in her first U.S. solo exhibition Flat As The Tongue Lies, as a part of the University Art Galleries (UAG) Emerging Artist Series. The exhibition will open Saturday, September 29, 2018, with a reception from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
In Flat As The Tongue Lies, Ella de Búrca presents an installation of sound, text, kinetic sculpture and video. Using the structure of a three-act play, the installation explores the formation of meaning through reading, writing, and speech. The exhibition begins with Prelude, a sound piece that echoes the artist’s voice, leading you through a corridor into the rest of the gallery. At the end of passage, you encounter Act I, a text piece projected on a monitor screen and ends with Act II, a play printed as a takeaway for you to read. In the backdrop of the gallery, a stop-motion animation titled Lines is projected, functioning as an abstract visualization of the three-act play. Meanwhile, a sculpture titled Stage moves as if breathing in the corner of the gallery.
In reference to eighteenth-century closet dramas — plays that are meant to be read alone or in a small group rather than produced — de Búrca’s exhibition is an imagined stage for a play that is never performed. Flat As The Tongue Lies constructs a space that hovers between interiority and exteriority, and, accordingly, the public and private. The installation is a reflection on current forms of censorship in a moment when male-dominant discourse continues to frame women’s narratives in relation to their own bodies.
The exhibition is accompanied by a limited print publication with an essay by the curator.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Ella de Búrca works within the medium of performance, sculpture, and poetry to explore how meaning is constructed. She is interested in how we perform as a spectator and observing the unwritten rules for audience engagement within art institutions.
Ella de Búrca is an Irish born artist who currently lives and works in Brussels. Recent exhibitions include: Post-Peace at Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany and Nest, Den Haag, Holland (2017); Coup de Ville Triennale - WARP, Belgium (2016); Slow Future at The Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2014); Playing Nature at The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); ReBuilding Utopia at The Emergency Pavilion, The 53rd Venice Biennale (2013).
Artist Lecture: October 1, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Contemporary Arts Center Colloquium Room 3021
1200 Art Culture Technology
Irvine, CA 92697-2775
Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 12 – 6PM
Thurs. 12 – 8PM
Holiday Closures: Nov. 22 – 24, 2018