Mariele Neudecker and Mary McIntyre in Conversation

Spectacular Isolation: Framing the Landscape

Friday, 21 June 2013
18.00 – 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN London

Speaker(s): Mariele Neudecker and Mary McIntyre
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. Advance booking not available
Organised by: Stella Gray, Charlotte Hopson with Martin Caiger-Smith (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Mariele Neudecker and Mary McIntyre are interested in the ways in which place is constructed, represented and perceived. Both artists engage with the landscape tradition, in particular the concept of the Sublime, investigating the relationship between landscape, human presence and emotional response. Exploring ideas of atmosphere and scale, reality and illusion, artifice and theatricality, time and transformation, the artists draw our attention to the seductive power of landscape. Presented in association with the exhibition Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, this conversation will offer insights into Neudecker’s and McIntyre’s respective practices in context, as well as shed light on the allure of the island as an exemplary landscape; a field of projection, idealisation and imagination.

NeudeckerMariele Neudecker, Stolen Sunsets, 1996 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London.Mariele Neudecker (born 1965, Germany) lives and works in Bristol, UK. She uses a broad range of media including sculpture, video and installation and works around notions of the 'Contemporary Sublime'. In 2010 Neudecker was short-listed for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London and prize-winner at the 11. Triennale Kleinplastik- Larger Than Life - Stranger Than Fiction, Fellbach, Germany. In 2011 she showed in Otherworldly: Artist Dioramas and Small Spectacles, MAD Museum, New York, USA, Rohkunstbau – Power, Marquart Castle, Berlin, Germany. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne, Germany, a major solo retrospective Hinterland inTrondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway and Heterotopias and Other Domestic Landscapes, HOUSE, Brighton Festival (May 2013). This September she will participate in the exhibition The Magnetic North, Lousiana Musuem of Modern Art, Denmark.

McIntyreMary McIntyre, ‘The Lough V’, 2006. Courtesy the artist and Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London.

Mary McIntyre was born (1966) in Northern Ireland where she lives and works. She graduated with a Master of Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1990, where she is now a Reader in Fine Art. McIntyre is interested in locating contemporary photography in relation to art-historical ideas of the sublime, through images that explore elements of natural phenomena. These photographs fix the most transient conditions of the landscape, the ‘elements’ themselves, in representation. By photographing in very specific weathers, particularly mist and fog, she produces documents of that which is intangible. Interested in the photograph’s object quality, McIntyre also uses installation as a means of activating the spaces that she photographs.

She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include: A Contemporary Sublime, The MAC, Belfast, 2013; Space of Doubt, Goethe Institut, Dublin, 2006; Esterno Notte, Arte Ricambi Gallery, Verona, 2005. Group exhibitions include: Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, The MAC, Belfast; Different Dimension, Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia, (touring); Tides, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell Center of the Arts, Pittsburgh, 2006; Dogs Have no Religion, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Prague, 2006; The Nature of Things: Artists from Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland’s first presentation at the Venice Biennale 2005; The Belfast Way, Herzliya Museum, Tel Aviv, 2005; Something Else: Contemporary Art from Ireland, Turku Art Museum, Finland (touring) 2003/2002.

This talk is part of a series of events held in association with the exhibition

Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape   (20 June - 21 July 2013)

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

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