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Quality Exhibition! Trespass at the LAB

March 30, 2009
Trespass at the LAB

Trespass at the LAB

Last week I paid a visit to the LAB, Dublin City Council’s gallery for new artists. For those of you unfortunate enough not to know it, the place can be found on Foley St, off Talbot St in the north east inner city. Very near Connolly Station, it’s been open for a couple of years now.

Currently, artists Seoidin O’Sullivan and Aoife Desmond present their research project about two disused spaces in Kilmainham, in Dublin’s south west inner city. These spaces have both been enclosed behind hoardings for many years. They have become home to both wildlife, plants, trees and even a number of homeless people in tents.

O’Sullivan and Desmond, working under the name of Trespass, have made a comprehensive and creative investigation into many aspects of these sites over the past two years.  What I like about this exhibition are three main characteristics: fascinating facts, confident and decisive presentation, and the beauty of the documentation. This documentation is made in many forms: photography, video, text interview, sound and replicas of items found in the sites.

On Tuesday 24th March, O’Sullivan led a cycle tour around several community vegetable gardens in Dublin. It was most interesting. In fine weather we pedalled from the Lab to the efficient Sitric Road garden, in Stoneybatter. Then it was on to the colossal and newer Bridgefoot St garden, laid out on the former site of a block of flats, and then on to the South Circular Road garden.

There is an artists’ Gallery Talk on Tuesday 7th April at 6pm. Apparently there is also a Reading Group:

Saturday 4 April 10am –12pm
‘Homelessness and the city’
‘Home amongst the Weeds’ Lucy Lippard
‘Architecture of the Evicted’ Rosalyn Deutsche

Saturday 18 April 10am –12pm
‘Rhizomes, nomads and 3 ecologies’
‘Introduction: Rhizome’ from ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ Deleuze & Guattari
‘The Three Ecologies’ Félix Guattari.

The texts have been chosen because they explore issues relevant to the
Trespass project. It is hoped to create an informal setting that
encourages debate and challenging new thinking. The reading group will
be held in the gallery and hosted by Seoidín And Aoife, refreshments
provided. Copies of the texts will be available at reception in The

I don’t want to give much away. See it for yourself at the LAB in Foley St. It’s open until 18th April 2009. 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

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