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Juan Downey

The Artist's Eye

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to present a series of invited solo exhibitions in Gallery 2, titled ‘The Artist’s Eye’. Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, this series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of significant influence to present work in Gallery 2. In the third instalment in this series, Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne have selected Moving (1974) by Juan Downey (1940 – 1993).

A ground-breaking figure in the burgeoning realm of video art during the 1960s, Downey, who had trained as an architect in his native Chile, also worked across drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. Upon finishing university, and after spending some years in Paris, the artist moved to the US, eventually settling in New York. Across all media, his practice opened up for a future generation of artists the possibilities inherent in working with new technologies and methods of communication. His work in video blurred the lines between the subjective and objective, weaving a search for personal identity into the documentary narrative, while also looking at the link between organic and inorganic modes of existence.

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Current Exhibitions
A collage image of a black person with glasses on the left wearing a button-up shirt looking down at the prism shaped object in their hands. There are beige squiggly lines this person. On the right there is a sculpture and a framed photograph. In the centre there is a tree in the background and a person with blonde hair wearing a grey furry coat.
Alice Rekab

FAMILY LINES is a multi-platform project by artist Alice Rekab in collaboration with Éireann and I: A community archive for Black migrants in Ireland, and with contributions from Holly Graham, Salma Ahmad Caller, Larry Achiampong, and Cypher Billboard, London. FAMILY LINES  explores experiences of migration and survival within the family unit, and focuses on Black and […]

David Lunney, Áine McBride & Katie Watchorn
From Here To There

From Here to There brings together artists David Lunney, Katie Watchorn and Áine McBride. Over six weeks, they will work onsite at The Douglas Hyde using the gallery as a studio; a space to think, build, experiment, and make new work. The project began on the 20th September with the artists’ arrival into the gallery, […]

Upcoming Exhibitions

Leslie Hewitt
The Artist's Eye

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Eric N. Mack

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