Sean Lynch: Recent Finds

  September –
November 2008

‘Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’ from the exhibition “Recent Finds” © Sean Lynch

Sean Lynch’s artworks investigate a wide range of almost-forgotten historical subjects. Using his practice as a platform against the cultural amnesia that surrounds varied topics, Lynch’s research, photographs and installations disclose and build upon fragile stories and objects, magnifying traces of an often idiosyncratic existence.

Views of Dublin, a new artwork commissioned by the Gallery of Photography, is presented as part of the exhibition. In cut-out archival photographs and an accompanying publication, Lynch traces a series of events taking place during and after the making of the film, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, in Dublin in spring 1965.  A replica of the Berlin Wall was constructed in Smithfield Market.  Liz Taylor and Richard Burton stayed at the Gresham Hotel for ten weeks, attracting much attention around the city.  Afterwards, the materials of the wall were recycled to form part of Saint Christopher’s School, the first Travellers’ school in Ireland. Situated in Cherry Orchard, the school was organized and run independently of the Department of Education by civil rights activist Grattan Puxon.

Provoking an active remembering that reinterprets the role of history, Lynch’s speculative energy circulates in several more artworks. A collection of photographs and artifacts consider the remains and rumours surrounding Richard Long’s artworks in the Irish landscape; Joseph Beuys’ Irish visit of 1974; the last street Walter Benjamin saw; and a vandalized statue of Bill Clinton.

About the artist: Sean Lynch was born in Kerry in 1978.  He studied history at the University of Limerick and fine art at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt, and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  He has completed solo exhibitions at Heaven’s Full, London (2008), Galway Arts Centre (2007), Limerick City Gallery of Art (2007), and has featured in recent group exhibitions at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork and Office Baroque, Antwerp.

Sean Lynch was awarded the Gallery of Photography Artist Award for 2008.

Photograph from the exhibition "Recent Finds" held at the Gallery of Photograpy in 2008.

Photograph “New Bicycle” from the exhibition “Recent Finds” held at the Gallery of Photograpy in 2008.