Sean Lynch

Sean Lynch was born in County Kerry, Ireland and now lives and works between Limerick, Ireland and London. His work covers a variety of media, from objects to installations and video works. Revealing unwritten stories and forgotten histories, extracting alternative readings of places, events and artefacts, he describes himself as somewhere between an artist and a storyteller, a contemporary Irish Bard.

Artworks

Favorite Chicken and Ribs logo featuring ‘Chuckie'

Digitally printed 100% cotton tea towel
76x41cm
19.00

Favorite Chicken and Ribs logo featuring ‘Chuckie'

A tea towel featuring the UK franshice 'Favorite Chicken and Ribs' logo, featuring ‘Chuckie’. 

Campaign to Change the National Monuments Act

HD Video (20mins)

Campaign to Change the National Monuments Act

A narrative videowork that investigates the history of metal detectors in Ireland. Following national controversy around the finding of the Derrynaflan Hoard, a medieval treasure trove uncovered in the 1980s, the Irish state hastily placed a blanket ban on the public’s use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community, literally sending it underground. Using the tropes of a promotional video, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws, where ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey through museum collections, retail parks, courtrooms and the fields and landscape of Ireland.

What is an Apperatus?

HD Video (33mins)

What is an Apperatus?

What Is An Apparatus? was initially produced during travels throughout 2016 in Europe and North America, composed as a series of anecdotes or short films assembled together with a voiceover performed by long-time collaborator Gina Moxley. While initially appearing as a collection of somewhat ludicrous encounters with nuclear submarines, postmodern architecture, Ivy League colleges, robots, scrapyards and supermarkets, it gradually becomes apparent that stories told are generated as the result of living in an increasingly technocratic life. The measures and institutional values of the western world that aim to manage and orient human behaviour become evident in each of the thirteen tales.

Adventure: Capital

Video and various object

Adventure: Capital

Adventure: Capital inhabits a spirit akin to the Gobán Saor, legendary stone carver and first architect of Ireland. Tracing a journey from Bronze Age myth to contemporary forms of minimalism around Ireland and Britain, Adventure: Capital follows this wandering figure as it encounters the hegemonic structures and entwined flows of capital, migration, and neoliberal spatiality. Passing through London’s economic center, the discovery of smiling Greek river gods on the back of Irish Free State banknotes initiates a journey via public art at airports and abandoned sculptures that culminates at a traffic roundabout in the southeast of Ireland.

Delorian Progress Report 2

Handmade steel panels

Delorian Progress Report 2

Ongoing work to produce sections of a DeLorean car by handmade rather than industrial means. A gallery installation is individually configured on each presentation to show current work in progress. Allusions are made between the search for the car’s original tooling, and the subsequent making of stainless steel panels that might be thought of as an oscillation, shadow or bootleg of this history.

Delorian Progress Report

Video, photographs, stainles steel body panels, essay

Delorian Progress Report

A project that takes as a starting point the bankruptcy and subsequent aftermath of the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry, outside Belfast, from 1981-2. Firstly, a series of photographs trace a path taken to seek out and find the location of the tooling once used to make the body of the car, essentially the formgivers that gave DeLorean its famous profile. The tooling, consisting of large metal casts, was sold off and dispersed to scrapyards throughout Ireland in 1984. It was rumoured that some sections were purchased by fishermen to be reused as anchors. In 2009, they were located at the bottom of Galway Bay, where crabs and lobsters now live in the coral around the nooks and shapes that once pressed out stainless steel panels of the car’s exterior.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Helston Museum, Cornwall, UK
2017 Devil In The Detail, Ronchini Gallery, London, UK
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 2016 Rose Art Museum, Boston, USA
Adventure: Capital, The Model, Sligo / Royal Hibernian Academy & Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin
The Weight of the World, Spacex / Exeter Phoenix / Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UK
2015 Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Ireland Adventure: Capital, The Irish Pavilion, 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2014 Modern Art, Oxford, UK
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
2013 Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
2012 Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Ireland
The Model, Sligo, Ireland
Transformer, Washington DC, USA
2011 The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Me Jewel and Darlin, Dublin, Ireland
Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland 2010 Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Project Space, Frunkfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
2008 Context Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland Heaven’s Full, London, UK
National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland
Galerie Von Doering, Schwabisch Hall
2007 Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
2006 Ritter & Staiff, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Stories from the Sculpture City, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
Idea Home, mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
Ignore the Management, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
Now Waves The Sea, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
The Otherword Hall, Solstice Arts Centre, Naven, Ireland
2016 Inhale Exile, L’Escalier, Montreal, Canada / Leonhardi Kulturprojekte, Frankfurt, Germany
Parque Experimental El Eco, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City
2015 Ce Qui Ne Sert Pas S’oublie (What is not used is forgotten), CAPC musée Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
2014 The Kingcat of Keshcorran, Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, Ireland
How Green Was My Valley, Vevring, Norway
2013 The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
The Granite Festival, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Undercover: A Dialect, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
From Weather to Weather, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium
2012 The Hellfire Club, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, Ireland
Sleepwalkers: Possibilities Contingencies, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Zona Maco, Mexico, with Mor Charpentier, Paris, France
Contours of the Common, CCa Derry- Londonderry, Ireland
BookMare, Camberwell Space, London, UK
Turn to Red, Flood, Dublin, Ireland
The Reading Room, Grand Union, Birmingham, UK
Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland
2011 Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
When Flanders Failed, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Wake Amusements, Ben Maltz Gallery, USA Volta 7, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
The Second Act, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Microstoria, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Convergences: Literary Art Exhibitions, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast/Limerick
Room Outside, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Human/Nature, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Never The Same River (Possible Futures,
Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Lost and Found, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
It Happened That, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Invisible, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Sinopale 3, Third Sinop Biennial, Sinop, Turkey
The Swimming Naked Prophecy, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray & Touring, Wicklow, Ireland
Surplus Value, Occupy Space, Limerick, Ireland Irish Pavilion, Expo 2010 Shanghai, China
Shop If You Can, Look If You Want, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
E-Flux Video Rental, Fondazione Giuliani per l'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
2009 Autre Measures, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, France
House Warming, Rua, South Dublin Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Above the Fold, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
It's not for Reading. It's for Making, FormContent, London, UK
Point Ligne Plan (screening), La Femis, Paris, France
Noughties but Nice: 21st Century Irish Art, Touring exhibition: Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre / Solstice Arts Centre, Navan / VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland
2008 10,000 to 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Ein Platz, Platz Der Vereinten Nationen, Berlin, Germany
30 Contemporary Collection, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
Gedanken zur Revolution, Universal Cube, Leipzig, Germany
Collection Rausch (screening), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
The State of Play (screening), Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Dangling Man, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
Dumbo Arts Festival, New York, USA
Lucas Cronach Preis, Kronach, Germany Overtake: Reinterpretation of Modern Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Pilot, 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
Hillig / Horrigan / Lynch, Q Kunstakademiets Udstilingssted, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art from a Rucksack, CAP, Kobe, Japan
Ok. Quoi?!, Faucet Media Arts Centre, Brunswick, Canada
The Opening Show, Oeen Group, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 EV+A, Limerick, Ireland
Festival Junge Talente, Messen Offenbach, Germany
Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, Ireland
Premio Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy
2005 Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland Damaged Collateral, Context Galleries, Derry, Ireland
The Happiest Country in the World, Show, Dublin, Ireland
Festival Interceltique de Lorient, UK
2004 Open Studios, Triangle Workshops, New York, USA
Recent Works, Lademoen Trondheim, Norway Objects, Catalyst Arts Belfast, Ireland
OntheFirstClearWord, Basement Gallery, Dundalk, Ireland
You Should Really Go There, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
2003 Crawford Open, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Revealing Objects, Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast, Ireland
2002 Perspective, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Ireland
Intermedia, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
Tracce di un Seminario, Viafarini Gallery, Milan, Italy
2001 City Fabric, Firestation Artists Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Quadrant Young Contemporaries, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards

Audain Distinguished Artist in Residence, Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada
Cove Park International Artist Residency, Park, Scotland
Gasworks Residency, London, UK
Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris Residency Award, Paris, France
Arts Council Banff Residency, Alberta, Canada
IMMA Artist Work Programme, Dublin, Ireland
Lucas Cranach Preis, Berlin, Germany
Lohr and Schach Preis, Frankfurt, Germany Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank Art Award, Frankfurt, Germany
Kunstnerverksteder, The Suicide of Ulster Museum, Emily Tyrone Guthrie International Residency Award, Newbliss, Ireland
Fellowship, Triangle Artist Association, New York, USA

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