I will be exhibiting at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in September, kindly supported by Culture Ireland and Stadtmuseum Schwandorf. I will exhibit with Anton Kirchmair.
Kirchmair will cycle 200 km from Bischofsreut to Schwandorf and collect his exhibition material along the way, only taking with him what he can carry on his bicycle. From this, and also from materials that he finds on site, he will develop his exhibition.
In 2017 I explored the waters of Schwandorf while on residency. My work uses experiential and geographic research to express the innate power of water. I uses a combination of lens-based media and installation to reflect on the potentials of one drop of water. The resulting works will be exhibited in the Künstlerhaus, while also showing a number of exhibits from the Stadtmuseum Schwandorf collection of ex-voto pieces which deeply reflect my work. An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity. It is given in fulfilment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion to everyday miracles. There are places where an old tradition of depositing ex-votos existed. Schwandorf in Germany is one of these places and they made an ex-voto in glass with WATER orbs! The Stadmusuem of Schwandorf is very kindly lending the ex voto orbs to me for the exhibition and they will be placed alongside orbs which myself and Graham Reid have made.
Ruth Le Gear_Anton Kirchmair
Sunday, September 16, 2018 until Sunday, October 21, 2018
Vernissage: Sunday, 16.09.2018; at 11 o'clock- video, photography, installation, drawing,