It's All About Books

Feb 22 2019 - Mar 15 2019
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Set in the wonderful contemporary glass architecture of the DCU Cregan Library, Marie Hanlon's visual art installation 'It's All About Books' is designed to set us thinking about our engagement with books.

Combining Marie Hanlon’s literary and visual interests, IT'S ALL ABOUT BOOKS is a visual art installation set in a library while raising questions about the role of the book in our culture: as artefact, object, document, resource, entertainment and concept. The pieces engage with the materiality of books, their history and their future in a technology driven world. They explore points of intersection between writer and reader, reader and fellow reader.

At the heart of Marie Hanlon’s exhibition is the interchange between the ideas of the book and other artforms. Works such as “Alas, poor YORICK!” (a direct reference to Laurence Sterne’s novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman), "Black Book" inspired by Samuel Beckett’s The Calmative or "Ulysses Bolted" based on James Joyce's Ulysses, intertwine references from literature with the exploration of form giving us different ways to open up the ideas contained between the covers."Book of Mirrors", "Obsolete" and "Ghost" play with physical form and raise questions on self obsession, how ideas develop, authenticity. Other works explore how language evolves and the advances of technology and leads us to consider how we the readers engage.

Overlooking Dublin city, a place strongly associated with literature, Cregan Library on DCU’s St Patrick’s Campus is a fitting venue for Hanlon’s exhibition.