The Liminal Space: Group exhibition Galerie Baton, Seoul, Korea

Gallery   Baton   is   pleased   to   present   "The   Liminal   Space",   the   group   exhibition   of   Ireland   painters,   from  2st   July   to   1st   August   2015.

 “The   Liminal   Space”   brings   together   the   artwork   of   three   Irish   artists,   Carol   Anne   McGowan   (b.   1983), David   O’Kane    (b.   1985)   and   Eamon   O’Kane    (b.   1974).   These    three    artists,   work   predominantly    in    the medium   of   painting.   The   title   of   the    exhibition   refers   to   the    quality   of   ambiguity   or   disorientation   that can   occur   in   time,   space   and   beings.

Etymologically,    the    word    'liminality'    is    derived    from    the    latin    word    'limen'    meaning    'threshold';    an uncertain    and    uncanny    place    that    exists    between    territories,    which    are    defined    by    thought.    It    is particularly    apt    to    describe    the    potentialities    inherent    in    the    process    of    creating    and    experiencing paintings.    Paintings    are    always    in    the    process    of    becoming.    Even    when    a    painting    is    complete    and displayed    in    an    exhibition    the    viewer    brings    their    own    unique    array     of    associations    to    the    context surrounding   the   painting   and   adds   to   it   over   time.   The    context   and   relationship   to   other   artworks   in   the gallery   may   induce   a   liminal   state   within   the   viewer.

Carol   Anne   McGowan's   Theatre of Memory (2015)   are revealed    only   through    the    performative    gestures    of their   disembodied   hands.   They   appear   to   be   engaged   in a    type    of    gambling    game,    with    a    field    of    play    but without   an   object.   The    absent   or   removed   object    opens up    the    connotations    of    this    field.    The    ritualistic    and performative    aspect    is    emphasised.   They    enter    into    the black   box   of   the   unknown,   losing   all   identity   to   become pure    performance.    They    are    playing    with    their    own anonymity.

The    'Panopticon Pool(2015)'    series    of    paintings,   by David    O'Kane,    plays    with    a    disused    water    tank,    recast metaphorically    as    a    microcosm    of    metaphysical experience.    It    is    a    kind    of    psychological    panorama, 

where    the    figure    of    the    self    portrait    as    'other'    is imprisoned  between    structure    and    chaos    and    within time   through   repetition.   The    state   could   be   experienced as    positive    or   negative    immersion    in    the    imagination   of the    inescapable    self.   A    self   that    is    in   turn   generated   by that    same    imagination    and    which    fluctuates    through and   between   this   virtuous   or   vicious,   viscous   circle. 

In    the    interiors,   which    exemplify   the    dichotomies    that run    throughout    Eamon    O'Kane's    practice,    the    artist plays   with    a    space    of   liminality   between    the    inside    and the   outside;   the    natural    and    the   manmade;   the   utopian and    dystopian    of     the    rural    retreat;    the    distant    view 

which    resists    closer    inspection;    civilisation    and    its antithesis;    artifice    and    the    natural    order.    The    figure    is always    conspicuously   absent,    inviting   the    viewer   across an   impossible   threshold.

"The   Liminal   Space"   opens   from   2st   July   to   1st   August 

at   Gallery   Baton,   Apgujeong-dong,   Seoul.   -GB Gallery