Current Exhibition

Launch:  6.30pm, Thursday March 06th

Exhibition running: March 06th - April 05th

RUTH LE GEAR

Polar Forces: universe of an iceberg

Polar Forces: universe of an iceberg

This emerging body of work stems from a residency Le Gear undertook in the Arctic waters of Svalbard in 2012 where she contemplated the micro and macro forces of ice in the retreating ice flows. Le Gear further explores the potentiality of ice in terms of ‘water remedies’ resulting from fieldwork investigations of the north Leitrim landscape during a residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre last October. The contradiction of a remedy made from water and diluted with itself presents interesting questions around the uses and permutations of a landscape whose energy-fields mediate and co-exist with the human body.

Water, as a liquid, doesn’t quite forget that it was once solid; that it was once ice. Portal images of microscopic views of the ice inversely explores what we can otherwise never quite take in, that universe of the iceberg – the submerged, the visible and the invisible – that which has melted. The works transformative power subverts determined physical structures by inviting a growing awareness of the imperceptible and temporal forces that surround the human. In doing so the artist utilises inventive scientific methods to capture distillations of an ephemeral environment and bring them together within a poetic immediacy that underlines the paradoxical nature of water and its influence in shaping biological systems.

Made with the generous support of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre Residency Programme

Le Gear graduated from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) with a degree in sculpture in 2007. Her solo exhibition Water that Sleeps was exhibited at Galway Arts Centre in 2009. Recent group exhibitions include Crystalline at the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2012), Ev+a (2008) and Claremorris Open (2008). In 2011 she was awarded a six-month residency in Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin. Other residencies include: The Arctic Circle (2012); Culturia, Berlin (2012); SIM, Iceland (2012/09); Cill Rialig, Kerry (2011/12); Limerick City Gallery of Art (2008) and Tyrone Guthrie (2010). Upcoming show’s include Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland.

If I were an iceberg I wonder where I would go?