Morton’s Journey

September 15 – October 24, 1987

Patrick Ireland’s new rope installation will provide the Bay Area with a rare opportunity to experience the artist’s personal investigation of perception and space. Using color and ordinary rope to organize the gallery space, Patrick Ireland’s installations “make available perceptions that occur near the limits of what the eye and words can descriminate.” (Kenneth Baker, Art in America, 1984)

“Space is a kind of jungle, a complete chaos with no rhyme or reason at all. The ropes draw temporary propositions that give brief visions of order. But that order is arways lapsing into chaos again, with each new step. For the pieces change radically with even small moves. “There is no one right view.” (Patrick Ireland, 1985) This installation will continue the artist’s analysis of space, perception and how we experience art. Raising serious questions about the role of art in contemporary society, Ireland’s presentation is the first in a series by ARTSPACE showcasing a variety of artists’ responses to the museum environment.

Writer, draughtsman, sculptor and theoretician, Ireland’s work finds its sources in Celtic writing systems, classical and modern painting, poetry, architecture and film. He has been compared to Matisse, Albers, LeWitt, Pollock and many others. Formerly an arts writer, under his given name Brian O’Doherty, the artist has been credited with autho~ing the influential text, Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, which examines the myth of neutrality in the gallery setting. This new installation at ARTSPACE follows a major exhibition of Ireland’s drawings organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 1986. Although the temporary nature of Ireland’s rope installations precludes seeing such works in public or private collections, his drawings are in private collections around the world.


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