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Patrick Jolley

OFFICIAL OPENING Thursday 21st March @ 6-8pm
@ Limerick City Gallery of Art

Patrick Jolley

The work of Irish artist Patrick Jolley ranges across film, photography and installation, and has won considerable critical acclaim both in Ireland and abroad. His untimely death at the age of 47 extinguished one of the brightest lights in contemporary Irish art. Jolley lived as he died: travelling, taking photographs and making films. In this exhibition, Limerick City Gallery of Art pays tribute to this extraordinary Irish Artist, drawing largely on the Artist’s notes for the exhibition, which was to have taken place in 2012.

In his films, Jolley resisted conventional narrative structure, preferring oblique, fragmentary sequences. Within the space of a single photographic image or a short film, he had the ability to conjure up an entire inner, subjective world, a world described as 'deeply unsettling yet never entirely unfamiliar'. (Belinda McKeon, Irish Times). His work straddled the complex worlds of Visual Art and Film naturally.

Points of departure for Jolley’s work often lies in those moments where time seems to move abnormally or an atmosphere becomes unnaturally dense or thin. Although dark and redolent with hopelessness, Jolley’s work retains a possibility of the absurd, employing slapstick and macabre humour as effective critical tools. Humour in Jolley’s work can be seen both as a means of relief, andas a strategy to communicate what, according to Ludwig Wittgenstein, remains outside of language, while at the same time, invoking cinematic strategies of alienation and subversion.

Paddy Jolley’s work left an enigmatic impression on his audience, with his ‘startling imagery…Literally startling. And all the more so because it included absolutely no commentary on these startling images…. showing in very ways, the actual compelling power of art’ (Gerard Byrne, 2013)

BOOK: Patrick JolleyAll that Falls (Gandon Editions 2012) accompanies the exhibition.






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