Glass House Stone | Health Sciences Gallery, UCD

June 2008, Health Sciences Gallery, University College Dublin

Part of the Ábhar agus Meon exhibition series, Sixth World Archaeological Congress

Glass House Stone is an exhibition of work by international artists exploring things as propositions and possibilities rather than as only objects of interrogation or information. Set within the glazed geometries of the Health Sciences Building at University College Dublin, the artists work tests the limitations of object-oriented thought. The exhibition questions the search for singular essentialised truth in objects and artefacts and whether such propositions can ever be captured and encased. In the context of the World Archaeological Congress, this exhibition posits whether archaeology, just as art, is a system of negotiable propositions whose strength lies not in any essence but in the fascination and enthusiasm of humans to engage with and mediate things in order to render our world intelligible.

Artists included: Adam Burthom, Andrew Burton, Gerard Byrne, Fiona Coffey, Dorothy Cross, Tom Fitzgerald, Bárbara Fluxá, Mark Garry, Niamh Harte, Sean Hillen, Áine Ivers, Caroline McCarthy, Denis O'Connor, Andrew Parker and Aaron Watson

Installation Technician
Andrew Cochrane

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Gerard Byrne, Specimen: An artist drawing sitting down. Natural History Museum, Dublin 2001, 2002. Courtesy Green on Red Gallery