Alan Counihan (Ireland)

Artist in Residence - August 31 to September 18, 2009

Over the past twenty years Alan Counihan has realised many large site-specific works in the public domain and exhibited widely both in Ireland and the U.S.A. His work is in many public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. While perhaps best known for his object-based work his practice also incorporates photography, theatre, texts and installation.

Recent projects include The Weavers' Gifts , a celebration of the Costanoan-Ohlone tribes of Central California, USA, and Olmo/Elm/Leamhán, an exploration of the disappearance of the European elm tree. In 2008 he was commissioned to take part in the New Sites New Fields Landscape Research Project. He is presently working on Townlands , creating a series of work in response to the field patterns, field names and folklore in the townlands of north Kilkenny. His work is currently showing at the Novas Scarman Arts Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool as part of the exhibition Fís 09.

Artist Statement:

Counihan's practice engages with the human relationship to landscape, with how it is inhabited, remembered and imagined. His work seeks to explore the need to imbue landscape with meaning and inherited notions of cultural identity, the enshrinement of memory in place and its inevitable erosion and revision.

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Alan Counihan


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