Developed specifically for the MAC over the last two and a half years, this exhibition comprises of a series of installations and individual works, representing the most significant presentation of Mark Garry’s work to date.
Songs and the Soil spreads across all three galleries at the MAC and engages with the related subjects of landscape and music/sound, looking at each element from historical, social and cultural perspectives.
The Upper Gallery willl host an expansive and immersive installation made up of a series of inter-reliant sonic, sculptural and pictorial elements. The gallery will be transformed into an indoor meadow where hundreds of dried flowers (Gypsophila) are held within small porcelain vessels, accompanied by an ambitious eight-hour musical composition made up of field recordings of birdsong.
Also on display, a new thread drawing specifically responding to the architecture of the MAC’s Tall Gallery. It is these fragile installations built up from tightly spaced bands of coloured thread for which the artist is most closely identified.
The exhibition also includes a new film work entitled An Lucht Siúil (The Walking People) exploring the relationship between Irish travellers and Modernism, specifically the relationship between Irish Travelers and the Irish state.
Garry is driven by a fundamental interest in observing how we navigate the world and the subjectivity inherent in these navigations. His work is characterised by delicate site-specific installations which are meticulously constructed, combining physical, visual, sensory and empathetic relationships that intersect and form connections between a specific space and each other.