Image above right: Anne Tallentire, Area, 2020 (constellation #3), Laminated MDF panels, Dimensions variable, Photo: Andy Keate
But this material…
This exhibition is the first significant institutional presentation of Anne Tallentire’s work since her career survey This and other Things 1999 – 2010 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. But this material… brings together key works from the last decade as well as work which is re-imagined for the particular architectural and spatial qualities of the MAC galleries.
Tallentire’s practice explores the built environment and how we inhabit space; her process is characterised by a critical relationship to materials and technology. Fundamental to her approach is the repurposing of found materials often associated with the construction industry to delineate space in relation to specific cultural, social, geographic and architectural contexts.
“I am interested in flux, mobility, chance and working with a dismantling, re-figuring and re-ordering of materials and systems, primarily in relation to conditions of social and political life. This then produces a practice that is more or less permanently on the move, materially and conceptually.”
Through a visual and textual interrogation of everyday materials and structures, Tallentire’s work reveals systems that shape the built environment and the economics of labour. She explores dimensionality and mapping by using everyday building materials to transpose one physical space onto another.
In representing abstractions of living and shared space, Tallentire questions the conditions that determine, regulate and shape patterns in daily life. Her practice is a commentary on the present circumstances of infrastructure and the social impact of such living environments. The current debate on the rising costs of housing and the systemic failure of the state to provide adequate social housing is alluded to in her work.
Included in this exhibition is Setting Out 3, 2021, a key work that refers to the process employed by builders to mark out lines which transfer architectural drawings onto the ground.
Transposing what is conventionally on a horizontal plane to the vertical plane of the wall, strings form a line drawing whose composition is determined by the floor plans of a generic Belfast terrace, similar to the type once found in Hector Street close to the MAC. Paper markers on the string demarcate lengths that correspond to the circumference of different rooms in the home, such as the kitchen and bedrooms, indexing the spatial logic of these homes.
As in Setting Out 3, the works Tallentire presents in But this material… connect to specifics of location, regulatory practices and improvisational tactics to propose equitable spaces for living.
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