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Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce View, an exhibition of new work by Dorothy Cross.

View will include a series of new sculptures and photographs. The works are exemplary of the artist’s complex exploration of the connection between humans and the natural world, playing with material, relationship and time. The exhibition captures the artist’s ongoing compulsion to agitate possibilities for new perspectives and points of view.

Working with the flood of natural light from a normally hidden window in the west wall of the Kerlin Gallery space, a line of sculptures will run the length of the gallery. Photographs that refer to the exquisite views of the landscape of her surroundings in Connemara hang with more desolate images of past phases of life. Within the spine of sculptures, Cross continues her enigmatic approach to materiality, re-appropriating objects such as a barrister’s wig, a telescope and a shark-skin. One work is comprised of the right and left lobes of a human skull, each gilded within and each containing a handful of meteorites, shooting-stars once having burned and now no longer illuminated. The lobes balance perilously from the ends of a pale blue coat hanger. This play between the terrestrial and the celestial reoccurs throughout the exhibition. In each work, processes of alchemy and piquant manipulation transform spaces between the cerebral, the sensual, and the functional.

Cross’ exhibition at Kerlin Gallery coincides with her major new commission, Eye of Shark at Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage Hall, Co. Waterford, running until 19 October 2014. This site-specific project is followed by Trove, an exhibition of works selected by the artist from the National Collections of Ireland, at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 29 November 2014. Cross recently presented a new commission and other works in her solo exhibition Connemara, touring from Turner Contemporary, UK (2013) to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2014). Other solo shows include Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2011); Bloomberg Space, London (2009); Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, UK (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art (2005); and McMullen Museum Boston College USA (2005). The artist has participated in Liverpool Biennial (1998), Istanbul Biennial (1997), and Venice Biennale (1993). She took part in the groundbreaking 1994 exhibition Bad Girls at the ICA London and CCA, Glasgow. Her opera works include Riders to the Sea (2008); Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (2004); and Chiasm (1999). Cross is included in the collections of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Norton Collection, Santa Monica; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Goldman Sachs Collection, London; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; and Tate Modern, London, among others.
 

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
finger crab

Dorothy Cross
Finger Crab, 2011
solid cast sterling silver
8 x 9.5 x 12 cm / 3.1 x 3.7 x 4.7 in

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Buoy

Dorothy Cross
Buoy, 2014
blue shark skin, white gold leaf, antique easel, Italian alabaster
180 x 130 x 80 cm / 70.9 x 51.2 x 31.5 in 

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distil

Dorothy Cross
Distil, 2014
barrister’s wig, marble, glass, leather, mahogany 
height: 152 cm, diameter: 57.7 cm / height 59.8 in diameter 22.7 in

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Lightning

Dorothy Cross
Lightning, 2014
sandstone column, cast sterling silver, fulgurite plinth 
element: height 122 cm, diameter 25 cm
sculptural element: 8 x 10 x 9 cm

 

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Scales

Dorothy Cross
Scales, 2014
human skull, yellow gold leaf, coat hanger, steel wire, meteorites hung from ceiling
height variable, 83 x 50 x 13 cm / 32.7 x 19.7 x 5.1 in

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Telescope

Dorothy Cross
Telescope, 2014
human skull, white gold leaf, meteorite, marble, pitch pine, telescope 
floor based element: 121 x 14 x 14 cm 
telescope element: 80 x 5 x 5 cm

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Doorway

Dorothy Cross
Doorway, 2014
wooden door and tree fungi
198 x 71 x 19 cm / 78 x 28 x 7.5 in

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Paper Mountain

Dorothy Cross
Paper Mountain, 2014
cast paper (9 elements), wooden table
105 x 92 x 62 cm / 41.3 x 36.2 x 24.4 in 

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Red Horizon

Dorothy Cross
Red Horizon, 2014
archival pigment print
115 x 90 cm / 45.3 x 35.4 in 

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Fault

Dorothy Cross
Fault, 2014
archival pigment print
115 x 90 cm / 45.3 x 35.4 in approx  

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Cathedral

Dorothy Cross
Cathedral, 2014
archival pigment print
115 x 90 cm / 45.3 x 35.4 in

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finger crab

Dorothy Cross
Finger Crab, 2011
solid cast sterling silver
8 x 9.5 x 12 cm / 3.1 x 3.7 x 4.7 in

Buoy

Dorothy Cross
Buoy, 2014
blue shark skin, white gold leaf, antique easel, Italian alabaster
180 x 130 x 80 cm / 70.9 x 51.2 x 31.5 in 

distil

Dorothy Cross
Distil, 2014
barrister’s wig, marble, glass, leather, mahogany 
height: 152 cm, diameter: 57.7 cm / height 59.8 in diameter 22.7 in

Lightning

Dorothy Cross
Lightning, 2014
sandstone column, cast sterling silver, fulgurite plinth 
element: height 122 cm, diameter 25 cm
sculptural element: 8 x 10 x 9 cm

 

Scales

Dorothy Cross
Scales, 2014
human skull, yellow gold leaf, coat hanger, steel wire, meteorites hung from ceiling
height variable, 83 x 50 x 13 cm / 32.7 x 19.7 x 5.1 in

Telescope

Dorothy Cross
Telescope, 2014
human skull, white gold leaf, meteorite, marble, pitch pine, telescope 
floor based element: 121 x 14 x 14 cm 
telescope element: 80 x 5 x 5 cm

Doorway

Dorothy Cross
Doorway, 2014
wooden door and tree fungi
198 x 71 x 19 cm / 78 x 28 x 7.5 in

Paper Mountain

Dorothy Cross
Paper Mountain, 2014
cast paper (9 elements), wooden table
105 x 92 x 62 cm / 41.3 x 36.2 x 24.4 in 

Red Horizon

Dorothy Cross
Red Horizon, 2014
archival pigment print
115 x 90 cm / 45.3 x 35.4 in 

Fault

Dorothy Cross
Fault, 2014
archival pigment print
115 x 90 cm / 45.3 x 35.4 in approx  

Cathedral

Dorothy Cross
Cathedral, 2014
archival pigment print
115 x 90 cm / 45.3 x 35.4 in

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails
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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

b Paper Mountain

Dorothy Cross
Paper Mountain, 2014
cast paper (9 elements), wooden table
105 x 92 x 62 cm / 41.3 x 36.2 x 24.4 in 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

c Telescope

Dorothy Cross, Telescope, 2014, human skull, white gold leaf, meteorite, marble, pitch pine, telescope floor based element: 121 x 14 x 14 cm / telescope element: 80 x 5 x 5 cm, hung directly above, to a height of 170 cm off the ground
 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

d doorway

Dorothy Cross, Doorway, 2014, wooden door and tree fungi, 198 x 71 x 19 cm / 78 x 28 x 7.5 in
 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

a Buoy

Dorothy Cross
Buoy (detail), 2014
blue shark skin, white gold leaf, antique easel, Italian alabaster
180 x 130 x 80 cm / 70.9 x 51.2 x 31.5 in 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

b Paper Mountain

Dorothy Cross
Paper Mountain, 2014
cast paper (9 elements), wooden table
105 x 92 x 62 cm / 41.3 x 36.2 x 24.4 in 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

c Telescope

Dorothy Cross, Telescope, 2014, human skull, white gold leaf, meteorite, marble, pitch pine, telescope floor based element: 121 x 14 x 14 cm / telescope element: 80 x 5 x 5 cm, hung directly above, to a height of 170 cm off the ground
 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

d doorway

Dorothy Cross, Doorway, 2014, wooden door and tree fungi, 198 x 71 x 19 cm / 78 x 28 x 7.5 in
 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014

a Buoy

Dorothy Cross
Buoy (detail), 2014
blue shark skin, white gold leaf, antique easel, Italian alabaster
180 x 130 x 80 cm / 70.9 x 51.2 x 31.5 in 

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Dorothy Cross, View, Kerlin Gallery, 5th September - 18th October 2014