Karl Grimes: Travels in Amira

  May –
June 1993

Poster from the exhibition ‘Travels in Amira’  by Karl Grimes

Aloof Goddesses, rock prophets, pink potions, orange dinner jackets, and vapours of aqua-marine, are but a hint of the vibrancy of Amira: a strange and marvellous mythic City.

Seedy travel brochures may disappoint, Amira does not. It exists in the shared imaginings of us as onlookers, in our deepest impressions of place. It speaks to our desire for escape and adventure. We are transported into a world of ambiguous meanings, jubilant colors, and uneasy marvels. Amira vibrates with the stuff of which startling daydreams are made.

Travels in Amira by Karl Grimes

Travels in Amira by Karl Grimes

In the 14 large color triptyches we are presented with imposing, fragmented imagery. As eager tourists, we can succumb to every detail, every play of light, wandering beside Grimes into odd corners and hallways of Amira, where we are reminded of how we thought we knew other places.

Specifically for this exhibition the entire Gallery of Photography will become an Amirian interior. Through vibrant sienna colored walls, hand painted arabic inscriptions and dramatic window drapes, the Gallery has offered the opportunity for visitors to experience harmony between the space and the work in a most innovative way.

"Madam Piver is remembered in the Café of the Fondouk" by Karl Grimes from his 'Travels in Amira' exhibition of large color triptychs at the Gallery of Photography 14th May - 15th June 1993.

“Madam Piver is remembered in the Café of the Fondouk” by Karl Grimes from his ‘Travels in Amira’ exhibition of large color triptychs at the Gallery of Photography 14th May – 15th June 1993.

About the artist: Karl Grimes was born inDublin, studied sociology and urban design at UCD, and later worked with Condé Nast Publications in Paris and London. His work is exhibited and published internationally.

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Brian Arkins, critic, poet, and lecturer.

"The Empire and the City of Lights" by Karl Grimes from his 'Travels in Amira' exhibition of large color triptychs at the Gallery of Photography 14th May - 15th June 1993.

“The Empire and the City of Lights” by Karl Grimes from his ‘Travels in Amira’ exhibition of large color triptychs at the Gallery of Photography 14th May – 15th June 1993.