Invocation

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Tallaght Community Arts presents "Invocation' 14/11/14 in Gallery 2 RUA RED until the 20th December. This work addresses the sensitive issues of church and state institutional abuse. Invocation engages the civic imagination in a critical way and presents the idea that in thinking of the ruined and scarred lives, there is an onus on us to take account, as individuals, as communities, and as a society. Masterson aims to capture and present some nucleus that allows us to re-visit, recollect and learn from the past. These works portray a fragile and vulnerable human presence, in which we become both victim and onlooker.  A paradox is created. 

The exhibition comprises of six works, three video shorts, and three installations. One of the video shorts is situated in the Square Shopping Centre Oratory in Unit 127 Level 1 with the kind permission of Fr. Pat Lucey and the Oratory committee.

 

Shrine
Duration      3 mins  30 secs
Year            2014


Shrine is a sound and video piece that pays homage to depicted graffiti on church pews in former industrial schools. Twelve graffiti images were selected and inverted to create a certain visual effect.  At first the marks appear abstract, but soon letters, names, dates and numbers can be deciphered.  In some cases an X mark records a vulnerable presents. The audio track accompanying the visual comprises of a variety of sound interpretations corresponding to the visual in an unsettling disharmonious manner, creating a deliberate tension between audio and visual.

 

Remembrance
Duration      3 mins  49 secs
Year             2014



This film and sound piece relates to the vulnerability of young lives.  It was shot slightly out of focus in order to give a softer rounder form to the shapes that are reminiscent of rows of school children in a classroom setting.  An air of suspense and anticipation is created.  The candles are systemically and randomly blown out, causing an individual and a collective reaction. The sound of a heart beating gradually builds and fades.

 

Invocation
Duration      5 mins 
Year             2014

 

This piece records the journey of three candles burning in St. Kevin’s Church Glencree representing light against dark, hope against despair. It provides a time to reflect on the past and to envisage a future with a civil responsibility to treat all human beings with equality, dignity and respect.

 

 

Unseen Unheard 1

Unseen Unheard 11

Unseen Unheard 111

 

 

 

 

Unseen Unheard 1V

Unseen Unheard

Unseen Unheard V1

In A State Of Grace

In a State of Grace

Confessional Grille