“I half remember that…”

“I half remember that…”,

MSA Gallery Space,

Macroom School of Art

Duo Exhibition, Brían Crotty and Ciara Rodgers

15/09/21 – 17/09/21

Opening times: Wednesday/Thursday 2-5pm. Friday 2-9pm

“I half remember that…” is an exhibition and film screening of recent artworks by visual artists Brían Crotty and Ciara Rodgers. Real and imagined histories are displayed through various media as the artists question where exactly truth and fiction exist in the 21st Century landscape.

There is a half remembering, half wakefulness and half-truth to the apparent memories of people, objects and environments depicted here. Things aren’t always as they appear and there is a duality at play between fact and fiction imagined in a false archive on display.  A sense of nostalgia, satire and a voice for the underappreciated, underpin the ideas broached in this collection of artworks.

Film screening: Red Mary Red was written and directed by visual artist Brían Crotty in 2020 and stars Jon Whitty, Rosie O’Regan, Conor O’Riordan and Frank Prendergast. The film sets out to investigate the relationship between a fictionalised version of a real-life 18th century highwayman William Crotty and the general Irish population. 

Brían Crotty is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. Brían uses narrative and cinematic structures to investigate language, representation, and identity in his artwork. The work examines the contemporary ideas of non-space and the void between consciousness and the age of information. Using allegory through a number of diverse medias, Brían’s work reaches a hybrid visual tableau from a range of sources.  Images draw from a storehouse of popular social description but in the mixing of artifice and realism. The present is revealed as an accumulation of diluted and partly forgotten histories and experiences. Brían also works extensively in creative education. He is currently Director of Macroom School of Art and Assistant Lecturer of Visual Arts Education at Maynooth University.

Ciara Rodgers is visual artist and curator and works from her studio at Backwater Artists Group. Time and place are blurred through Ciara’s charcoal drawings of structures and objects within non -descriptive vistas and through Polaroid narratives which often depict dreamlike excursions. Elevating these often-defunct structures and objects to a higher level of appreciation, fieldwork and gathered materials are an integral part of her practice. Rodgers received a Visual Arts Bursary 2020 from the Arts Council of Ireland and examples of her work are held in private, corporate and college collections in Ireland, Europe and Australia. Notable recent exhibitions include: ATLAS DEL ARTE ESPAÑOL, O Vello Cárcere de Lugo, España, June- October 2021(group) and Monuments II (memory traces), Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. August- October 2020. (solo) Ciara is currently Curator of Education and Public programming at Macroom School of Art.

Both artists have been collaborating on creating participatory arts projects and sharing their visual arts knowledge with children and adults in Mid- Cork for the past year. Throughout the challenges of lockdowns, their shared ethos has been to make quality arts experiences accessible to all through their work at Macroom School of Art and through funded outreach community programmes with the Creative Ireland Fund, Cork County Council Arts and philanthropy from private organisations.

This exhibition is supported by The Arts Council’s Visual Artists Bursary 2020, Cork County Council’s Individual Artists Bursary 2020, Backwater Artists Studios,Culture Night 2021 and Macroom School of Art.