TAKING NOTE OR THE CURIOUS EYE
Exhibition at NUI Galway Gallery
In association with NUI Galway Arts & Theatre Office
Organised by Robin Jones
23 November to 20 December 2013 | Open 12pm to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday
Contributors include Silvia Bächli, Will Self, Joe Fyfe, Merritt Bucholz, Olwen Fouèré,
Karin Ruggaber, John Rocha, Jürgen Simpson, among a wide range of people.
This exhibition explores the idea of the note, the notebook and the idea of noticing.
Noticing and recording are very human activities. Whether noticing comes in the form of a
sketchbook or written notebook, on a scrap of paper or via a laptop or maybe iPhone, whether
these notes are for some type of personal research, or come from a general curiosity to
register “noticing”, or perhaps even drawings made to explain something to another person,
they are all about developing a contact with the world.
While writing is woven into the fabric of a huge part of human life and has an acknowledged
position as such, drawing too can be thought of in a similar way - though far less
acknowledged - in everyday life. It is integrated into an enormous range of human activity.
Both drawing and writing - and the use of digital media - can be thought of as registers of
complex moments of experience. This exhibition possibly allows a glimpse into the variable,
semi-visible processes of human thought.
Irit Rogoff said that “ curiosity implies a certain unsettling, a notion outside the realm of the
known - of things not quite yet understood or articulated...the hidden or the unthought,” which
is followed then by the optimism of finding out something you had not known or been able to
conceive of before.
Virtually all the work in the show tends towards the quiet and modest, the ruminations of the
mind at some stage before an object is made or a conclusion has been drawn, the necessary
exploration, searching and grasping towards an often undefined and indefinable end point, or
perhaps exploration and examination with no end point in mind at all.
The show brings together a variety of works, written, drawn and digital forms of note-taking –
sketchbooks, notebooks, diagrams, the archetypal note on the back of an envelope, digital
code, mobile phone photos, sketch models, sound recording, short films and marginalia from
writers’ manuscripts. It will include some powerful and interesting work from the NUI Galway
archives, such as mediator Brendan Duddy’s notebook, Kevin Doyle’s handwritten ‘Document
on Civil Disobedience” sketches from Jack B Yeats and items from the John Huston archive.
Exhibition - http://takingnoteorthecuriouseye.wordpress.com/
Robin Jones - www.robinjones.ie
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