Fast Slow Fast
Launch: Saturday 8 June 2019, 7–9pm
Fast Slow Fast presents artists’ works connected by ideas of temporality, the ephemeral and the effects of action over time.
Joan Alexander uses photography, film and drawing to investigate time and finitude. Joan traces the movement of light over time in her shadow dial works. Through linear drawings and photography, Joan attempts to chart and solidify the ethereality of shadows as quiet markers of the passage of time. Joan will be creating new shadow dial works at CCA as well as presenting Dust, a film capturing the passage of light through floating dust particles.
Catriona Leahy examines time, duration and memory in both personal and wider social contexts. She is intrigued by the enduring presence and stability of structures and form – social, physical, geographical and cultural – and the transitory and malleable nature of memory. In Catriona’s film Sedementation, an illustration of a City Hall on paper absorbs water until the page is fully saturated. The resulting blurred image is a shadowy form of what might have been. Redundant and vacant spaces feature in Catriona’s work including prints of historical structures and coal dust mapping industrial spaces, commenting on both the brevity and impact of human activity on our environment.
Darren Nixon will create a new, offsite work, Dislocate, as part of this exhibition. Darren uses painting, sculpture, photography, film, live movement and sound and is interested in the way these forms move amongst and inform each other. He creates shifting environments, which respond to but refuse to settle in the spaces and the time in which they find themselves. Darren will use a set of recordings from two days spent working with dancer Lydia Swift as a starting point for what unfolds across the offsite space. With an outcome as yet undetermined, Darren’s time in the space will culminate with a public Q&A with the artist to close the show.
Upcoming events include the following:
25–29 June 2019
Fly the Flag
28 June, 26 July 2019, Noon–2pm
Friday Lunch Club
11 July 2019, noon–6pm
Relaxed Performance Day
20 July 2019, 2–4pm
booksvscigarettes – Enduring Time
22 July–3 August 2019
Dislocate | Darren Nixon
Offsite: Level 3, Richmond Centre, Shipquay/Ferryquay Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6PE
3 August 2019, 2pm
Artist Tour and Q&A with Darren Nixon
Joan Alexander studied Philosophy at Queens University of Belfast (2001) and the Institute of Philosophy KU Luven (2000) before completing her Masters in Photography at University of Brighton (2011). Joan has featured in exhibitions at Catalyst Arts, Brighton Photo Biennial, PS2, East London Film Festival and De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea with residencies at Fabrica, Brighton and PAF, Saint Erme.
She is a Belfast Exposed Futures artist with work in A&L Goodbody Temporary Collection. Joan lives in Portstewart and works between the UK and Ireland and is supported by Arts Council for Northern Ireland through their Artist Career Enhancement Award 2018/19.
Catriona Leahy was born in Cork and lives and works in Dublin. She received her BA Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design (2006) and MA Print from the Royal College of Art, London (2013). She is Assistant Lecturer in Print at NCAD and a studio member at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (TBG&S) in Dublin. Catriona has exhibited widely across Ireland and the UK, USA and Europe with recent exhibitions including 3rd Triennial Exhibition and Festival of Contemporary Art, St Niklass in Belgium, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands and Florence Trust in London. Catriona’s work is held in public and private collections and she is supported by Arts Council of Ireland through their Visual Arts Bursary 2018/19.
Darren Nixon grew up in Derry and currently lives and works between Manchester and Stockport. He studied Interactive Arts at Manchester School of Art, graduating in 2000 and completed an MA alternative with School of the Damned in 2018. Darren participated in the Standpoint Futures Residency programme in London in 2018 and had a six week residency at The Great Medical Disaster in Manchester in 2017. He has featured in exhibitions at Royal Standard, Liverpool, Sluice, London and het_industriegebow, Rotterdam. His most recent solo show was set over two floors at HOME in Manchester, a large scale wall piece which was activated and shifted over the course of eight weeks, forming the core of a film shown at the cinema there on its completion.
This exhibition and associated events are made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and with the further support of Derry City and Strabane District Council. Sponsorship from Caldwell & Robinson, The Sandwich.co and the Richmond Centre for providing the venue for this offsite project.
Images: Courtesy CCA Derry~Londonderry & Paola Bernadelli