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EXHIBITION: False Starts - Patrick Hough











False Starts - Patrick Hough

Opening: Saturday 15 September,  2:00pm
Exhibition continues from Tues 18 Sept – Fri 26 Oct, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Curated by Sabina Mac Mahon

The work of Patrick Hough examines the steadily blurring line between the real and the artificial, and the increasingly intimate interplay between physical objects and their virtual counterparts. Within this exhibition, the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in Ireland, forgotten artefacts from the Hollywood Dream Factory – props and décor from abandoned film sets – take on a new life as precious mementoes of cinema history: replicas and fakes that have acquired a strange kind of authenticity. Moving fluently between definitions and across formal boundaries, his work makes us look again at the uncertain nature of what we think we know and see.

Central to the exhibition is the artist’s most recent film, And If In A Thousand Years, originally commissioned for the 2017 Jerwood/FVU Awards: Neither One Thing or Another. Merging CGI animation, laser scanning and live action footage, the film takes the viewer to an excavation site in California where the remains of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 film-set for The Ten Commandments was recently uncovered by archaeologists. Untethered from its ruined plasterwork body, a CGI Sphinx now stalks the landscape – a digital ghost of the original film set décor in search of identity and purpose.

Originally from Offaly and now living and working in London, Patrick Hough received his BA in Fine Art (Media) from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011 and his MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at The Whitechapel Gallery, London; Aurora Museum, Shanghai; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; and Museums Quartier, Vienna. He is a recipient of the Jerwood / FVU Awards and the PLASTIK Moving Image Award, both in 2017.


Saturday 15 September, 3:30pm | Admission free, no booking required.

Join us to mark the opening of Patrick Hough’s exhibition with a special screening of the 2016 documentary The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille. In 1983, a group of determined film buffs - inspired by a cryptic clue in DeMille's posthumously published autobiography - located the remains of the set of DeMille’s 1923 epic The Ten Commandments. This film set and its recovery has inspired much of Hough’s work, which questions ideas of originality and authenticity.

The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille is an irresistible detective story, told with a sense of wonder and humour. Featuring interviews and anecdotes from people involved in the making of the movie, this documentary also functions as an intimate portrait and posthumous tribute to DeMille himself.







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