Efference Copy Mechanism

Feb 15 2019 - Apr 13 2019
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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to present Efference Copy Mechanism, a large-scale installation by Ronan McCrea.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to present Efference Copy Mechanism, a large-scale installation by Ronan McCrea. The exhibition comprises a complex arrangement of superimposed slide and 16mm film projections that draw on the artist’s personal archive and accumulated image bank, continuing his ongoing exploration of celluloid materiality, appropriated and found images, instructional film and pedagogy, reproduction and indexicality.

The darkened gallery space is divided by a line of steel archive storage shelves. From within this structure - at once functional and symbolic - an array of signals, control boxes, cables, looping mechanisms and projectors orchestrate the combination of images onto the surrounding walls. This spine-like structure is a key to the exhibition’s title. In neurological terms an efference is a motor signal from the central nervous system to the periphery. A copy of this signal - an efference copy - is created as the signal exits the brain and is re-routed to other areas of the sensory cortex, thus explaining our perception of stability despite constant eye movement, and how sensory signals generated from external stimuli can be distinguished from signals resulting from one’s own actions. Efference Copy Mechanism acts as a metaphor and framework for the artist’s thinking on his own relationship to the photo-mechanical image and the ‘baggage’ - both physical and metaphoric - of a personal archive representing many years of practice.

Ronan McCrea holds a membership studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (2017-2020). In 2018 he was shortlisted for MAC International, Belfast. In 2005 he was one of the seven artists to represent Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale. Other exhibition and projects include We Are Center, CSS Bard College, New York & P! Gallery, New York, (2016); Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2016/13/11); Fragments, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015); Enclave Gallery, London (2014); Lab Gallery Dublin (2013); screenings at Cologne Kunstverein and Cobra Museum, Netherlands (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, (2011); School Days, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2010-11); Sinopale 3, Sinop Biennial, Turkey (2010); Coalesce: Happenstance, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009); Nameless Science, Apexart, New York (2008); School Play a public art commission for a CETNS school in Dublin (2009); Project Arts Centre (2003); Glassbox Paris (2002); Temple Bar Gallery (2000). His work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, UCD, OPW, as well as numerous private collections. Ronan McCrea is represented by Green on Red Gallery, Dublin and is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at Technological University Dublin.