Patrick Hogan: Still
Premiere of the Gallery of Photography’s Artist Award Winner 2012
Gallery of Photography is delighted to premiere ‘Still’ by Patrick Hogan – winner of the Gallery of Photography’s Artist’s Award for 2012, Ireland’s leading award for contemporary photography.
Patrick Hogan’s partly autobiographical photographs present an intimate view of his everyday encounters and surroundings in a remote area of County Tipperary where he has lived for the past two years. His compelling portraits, dense still lives, brooding interiors and pensive landscapes convey a sense of uncertain anticipation and quiet foreboding. Though modest and focused in geographical scope, Hogan’s powerful images explore expansive existential themes of love, fragility, decay and loss.
In making this work, Hogan lets go of any traditional notions of photographic documentation and narrative. Working instead with an intuitive openness and sensitivity to the world around him, his work unfolds in direct response to his ongoing encounters with the people and the landscapes of his locality. Rather than attempting to offer some notion of ‘truth’ or ‘reality’ about a particular place or person, Hogan uses the camera as a tool to explore the uncertainties and ambivalence of photographic representation. At the heart of the work is a questioning of whether it is possible to develop a meaningful visual understanding of his intimate and immediate world.
“‘Still’…. perceives moments at which the sense of being is formed through the act of seeing, and it knows and accepts that these moments will appear incoherent, even broken.”
Colin Graham, NUI Maynooth
Culture Night 2012: Patrick Hogan will give an exhibition tour at 7.30pm on Culture Night Friday 21 September 2012.
Artist’s talk: Patrick Hogan in conversation with Colin Graham gave an artist’s talk on Wednesday 3rd of October in Gallery of Photography. Follow the link here to listen to a recording of the talk.
Artist’s Book: ‘Still’ a signed limited edition monograph by Patrick Hogan featuring an essay by Colin Graham and a poem by Dermot Healy is available for sale at €30.
Admission is free
PRESS ENQUIRIES: For further information, for colour or black/white image scans, or to arrange an interview with the artist, please contact: Darragh Shanahan, Communications Manager, Gallery of Photography Ireland. [email protected] or telephone 01-6714654day March 25th
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Patrick Hogan
Patrick Hogan is an Irish Artist. He is the winner of the Gallery of Photography Artist Award 2012. He was nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet Photography Prize 2012. He was short-listed for: ‘Hey Hot Shot’ International photography competition 2012: Aesthetica Magazine Creative Works Competition 2012 and the 3rd Ward Gallery Winter Solo Show Award 2011. Hogan has taken part in two international artist residencies in Iceland. His work has been published in a number of International photo magazines and publications including Burn Magazine, Prism Magazine, The Shot and most recently with the London based photographic collective Uncertain States. He will be exhibiting in Ireland and abroad during the coming year.
About The Gallery of Photography
Since its inception in 1978 the Gallery of Photography has become Ireland’s premier centre for contemporary photography. The Gallery has exhibited many of the leading names in photography and provides an important platform for emerging artists from Ireland and abroad.
Gallery of Photography provides a braod range of photography training courses, a specialist photography bookshop, membership programme, studio / darkroom facilities, and state-of-the-art digital production facilities. The Gallery, which is non-profit making, is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, and also welcomes donations, sponsorship and support from members to help promote its activities.
About the Gallery of Photography Artist’s Award
The Gallery of Photography’s Artist’s Award is a celebration of the strength and vibrancy of new photographic talent in Ireland. Patrick Hogan was selected as the overall winner by a panel of leading Irish curators from the shortlist of eight photographic artists invited to exhibit in our SHOWCASE Shortlist exhibition in 2011. As winner of the Gallery of Photography Artist’s Award, Patrick received a solo exhibition opportunity; €5,000 towards the exhibition/publication; access to the Gallery of Photography’s Artist’s Digital Studio and fully-serviced Darkrooms; Technical assistance with all aspects of exhibition production; Ongoing mentoring, curatorial feedback and publishing expertise.