Friday, June 3, 2011

'Redundant' in Block T

As part of First Thursdays Dublin Block T in Smithfield presented a new exhibition called Redundant. Combining text, sound, digital projection and sculpture, the theme of the works is redundancy. The exhibition runs until 6th June.

I particularly liked The Hair Shirt Household, a simple but well-executed piece. I'm not sure if it was intended as dark parody but I couldn't help laughing as I read through it and thought of the many serious, detailed and ultimately ineffective reports I've read over the years. The real highlight of the evening though was Block T itself - it was my first time there and I liked the cheap-but-stylish feel of the place. It helped that I was there for an opening night on a First Thursday; the decor had a Shebeen Chic quality to it, but unlike in the pub of that name there were free drinks. Art: just add alcohol.

In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, the idea of 'First Thursdays' is that selected art galleries stay open later than normal on the first Thursday of each month. Typically they remain open until 8 pm although in this instance Block T remained open until 9 pm. Last month's First Thursday had a lovely buzz to it in Temple Bar, and though it was more muted this time I still consider it to have been a success - it gave me a reason and opportunity to visit an arts space I hadn't been to before, and I appreciated it.

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