Sean Gilmartin: Matrix

  July –
August 1992

Image from exhibition ‘Matrix’ by Sean Gilmartin, 1992

‘Matrix’ is a Photowork Installation of 45 original water photographs taken on the river Liffey. These images are worked and reworked through various framed sequences.

The concept of using images of water being that as one of the archaic elements these pictures will by-pass the logical mind thus activation primal and preverbal feelings.

The design of the photowork is based on a simple mathematical matrix. Each of the sequences are “solutions” to the various permutations of the Matrix. These patterns of interleaved water images will act like a controlled stream of Rorschack ink blots.

In addition there are a further 35 images which will act as correspondence to the 45 images of the Matrix. Not only will the images be as Black and White prints on the wall, but they will also be projected into made up womb (Matrix).

There will also be other esoteric associations with water. Scents, movement, flowers, water chants, music (including recordings of Liffey water) etc… In fact anything that evokes memories of water or associations symbolized by water.

Image from exhibition 'Matrix' by Sean Gilmartin, 1992

Image from exhibition ‘Matrix’ by Sean Gilmartin, 1992

Sean Gilmartin was born in Malahide, North Dublin, in 1946.

Since 1987 he has exhibited in group shows in Ireland, England and America, the last of which was at the Washington Centre for Photography.

His main interest is the interaction of images with the unconscious mind. Using esoteric psychology and patterned sequences to trigger the art of memory.

Image from exhibition 'Matrix' by Sean Gilmartin, 1992

Image from exhibition ‘Matrix’ by Sean Gilmartin, 1992

Image from exhibition 'Matrix' by Sean Gilmartin, 1992

Image from exhibition ‘Matrix’ by Sean Gilmartin, 1992