Artist Ruth E. Lyons has been commissioned to make new work in response to the life and work of curator Alexander Dorner. Dorner is an enigmatic curatorial forerunner whose profound influence on the discipline of curating has been somewhat overlooked in art historical discourse. During his time in Hannover Museum, Dorner reconceptualised the space of the exhibition, making the transition from a chronological display of artworks to what he called Atmosphere Rooms. Lyons' intervention to the biographical lecture on Dorner will explore this.
Ruth E Lyons (b. 1983, Dublin, Ireland) holds a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Lyons works primarily in sculpture. Her large-scale works are concerned with landscape and how our experience of material reality is affected or coloured by a simultaneous absorption of the world in the form of information. Through an ambiguous use of familiar forms she disrupts the relationship between physical reality and information and gives form and space to a ‘matter reality’, making reference to the constant and infinite potential of matter and world.
Recent solo shows include The Sea, The Sea at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 2015; Pilot Light, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, 2015; The Pinking, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 2014; Islanded in a Sea of Stars, The Lab, Foley St, Dublin, 2011. Group exhibitions include Cosmic Dust, VISUAL, Carlow, 2015; The Follies of Youth, West Yorkshire Pavilion, 2015; RepoMan, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 2011 and Everyman is an island, Inish Turk Beg, Co. Mayo, 2010. Selected projects include The Forgotten Works, Project Arts Centre, 2012; Good Hatchery Show, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, 2012; Sky is the limit, Public Art Commission, St. Eoin National School, Co Meath, 2011. Lyons is a founding member and co-director of The Good Hatchery.