Curated by Stephen Brandes
Main Gallery, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art
Since Aesop, and indeed further back into history, human values have been projected onto animals as a vehicle for exploring our relationships with one-another and the world around us. This exhibition considers some of the ways animals have been deployed symbolically within contemporary art practice.
The exhibition borrows its title from Old Major’s anthem in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a prime example of an allegorical tale, where human politics are conveyed through animal characters.
UKartist Ben Long’s nine-meter high sculpture of a rearing horse fashioned from aluminium scaffolding will take centre stage in the Main Gallery.
Other artists in the exhibition, include Djordje Ozbolt (Serb/UK), Polly Morgan (UK), Frances Upritchard (NZ/UK), Dan Hays (UK), Yuriy Norshteyn (Rus) and fromIreland, Stephen McKenna, Garrett Phelan, Isabel Nolan and Martin Healy.
Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow Arts Festival (Eigse 2013) and the Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office co-present this exhibition exploring the symbolic, metaphorical and emotive value of animals with a selection of contemporary Irish and international artists.
Over the Summer months, a number of artist engagement workshops, talks, masterclasses and public interviews will take place.
Stephen Brandes is a practicing artist, based in Co Cork. Born in Wolverhampton, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1993. In 2005, he co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and has since continued to show his work both nationally and internationally. Stephen has curated several exhibitions, most notably ‘Superbia’, Ballymun, Dublin, 2002; ‘Traffic’, by Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Visualize Carlow, 2009 and ‘When Flanders Failed’, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2011 with Matt Packer.