Daniel De Chenu: Causality and Contingency – Irish Landscape Images

  October –
November 1997

Image by Daniel De Chenu from the exhibition ‘Causality and Contingency’ at the Gallery of Photography

‘Causality and Contingency’ is a new exhibition of photographs by Irish artist Daniel De Chenu. It is De Chenu’s third solo exhibition in Ireland, and the third at the Gallery which draws its inspiration from the theme of landscape.

This presentation of de Chenu’s work places photographic landscape art within a particular context. It signifies a wider connection to landscape representation in art history and raises questions relating to mythology, romanticism and notions of the picturesque.

Image by Daniel De Chenu from the exhibition 'Causality and Contingency' at the Gallery of Photography

Image by Daniel De Chenu from the exhibition ‘Causality and Contingency’ at the Gallery of Photography

De Chenu sees landscape as a space in which we can see clearly the process of modernisation and technological control of the environment and a reevaluation of the concept of landscape within contemporary Irish culture.

De Chenu says of the project: “The pictures on the exhibition are drawn from a body of work created over the last two years. In working in the landscape I wanted to make images which would be as much as possible objective in their approach to the subject matter. By that I mean, to utilise the medium of photography as an objective recorder of reality as opposed to a tool of creative expression”.