Thu Jul 20 2017

Child’s Play – Michael Kempson

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St.
Doors 10:00 am - Admission: FREE

Print Exhibition by Michael Kempson (Australia) – part of a trail of shows linked into the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, Cork Printmakers organised as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Official trail takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 24th June. Kempson’s practice over the last 30 years has focused on the discipline of printmaking, a suite of mediums synonymous with the packaging and mass circulation of ideas. His approach to art making combines rich historical traditions, practiced in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, with cutting edge technological developments to facilitate connection between people and communities. “At this point in my life, as a new grandfather, I have the pleasure of observing the often-brutal machinations of child’s play and in so doing I’m thinking more about the planet our young will inherit. Since a residency at Sydney’s majestic Taronga Zoo, I’ve preferred to deploy motifs inspired by the toys sold in their gift shop – cheap trinkets produced in the vast manufacturing hubs of China. The images have coalesced into arrangements of invented furry creatures that represent the designated animals of nation states. These compositions act as a metaphor for international competition, global and regional influence, and as a consequence power and cold conflict. While offering restrained allusions to past ‘domino theories’ they seek to examine the not so cute complexities found in the tense geopolitical relationships of a post-colonial world.” – Michael Kempson, February 2017

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