La Perruque

2016 MAC Belfast

 

This exhibition marked the first solo presentation of work in Northern Ireland by Dublin-based artist Niamh McCann.

 

McCann works by drawing together many different reference points and distilling them into a kind of sculptural poetry. Her most recent works have found creative play in the study of the life and times of a lesser established Bauhaus architect, Hans Poelzig, celebrated in the 1930's Hollywood feature The Black Cat, whose character was played by Boris Karloff.

 

Poelzig (1869-1936) is best known for the design of Frankfurt’s IG Farben building and the sets for the iconic film Der Golem. The Poelzig Complex/IG Farben building is now used by the Goethe University in Frankfurt and was for twenty years Europe's largest office building. It is also the nexus of many historical threads, from the production of the deadly gas Zyklon B to the writing of The Marshall Plan, an American initiative to aid Western Europe, to help rebuild economies after the end of World War II.

 

Within the gallery you will find a number of new works, such as a site-specific wall painting depicting the topography of the medieval hamlet wherein the action plays out in the film Der Golem. Connected to this piece is the display of a number of photographs and drawings relating to Poelzig’s own practice, on loan from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main.

 

The other significant work in the exhibition is the newly commissioned video Protest Song (La Perruque) which captures the actions of two male figures in a 360-degree tracking shot.  A tenor vocal arrangement of Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat major acts as a third protagonist in this piece which attests to McCann’s interest is in the interweaving of fact and fiction, and the overlapping layers of narrative, history and fable that are contained within the cultural and physical structures that we construct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 La Perruque

2016 MAC Belfast

 

This exhibition marked the first solo presentation of work in Northern Ireland by Dublin-based artist Niamh McCann.

 

McCann works by drawing together many different reference points and distilling them into a kind of sculptural poetry. Her most recent works have found creative play in the study of the life and times of a lesser established Bauhaus architect, Hans Poelzig, celebrated in the 1930's Hollywood feature The Black Cat, whose character was played by Boris Karloff.

 

Poelzig (1869-1936) is best known for the design of Frankfurt’s IG Farben building and the sets for the iconic film Der Golem. The Poelzig Complex/IG Farben building is now used by the Goethe University in Frankfurt and was for twenty years Europe's largest office building. It is also the nexus of many historical threads, from the production of the deadly gas Zyklon B to the writing of The Marshall Plan, an American initiative to aid Western Europe, to help rebuild economies after the end of World War II.

 

This exhibition unites these varied influences and historical touchstones by exploring the idealism they represented in their original incarnations and the ways in which, over time, they have become overlaid with different narratives, stories and meanings.

Within the gallery you will find a number of new works, such as a site-specific wall painting depicting the topography of the medieval hamlet wherein the action plays out in the film Der Golem. Connected to this piece is the display of a number of photographs and drawings relating to Poelzig’s own practice, on loan from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main.

 

The other significant work in the exhibition is the newly commissioned video Protest Song (La Perruque) which captures the actions of two male figures in a 360-degree tracking shot.  A tenor vocal arrangement of Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat major acts as a third protagonist in this piece which attests to McCann’s interest is in the interweaving of fact and fiction, and the overlapping layers of narrative, history and fable that are contained within the cultural and physical structures that we construct.