Visual Arts

Exhibition: SANDMAN @ The Complex


Tonight sees the opening of SANDMAN in Dublin’s The Complex. SANDMAN is the second exhibition from Stream, an artist-led project, and follows on from their successful first show in the same space in April.

The brief for this show saw Stream ask “the artists involved to produce work which considers the human tendency to worship; to elevate objects, ideas or people to semi-divine or miraculous status. We would like the artists to contemplate the role of worship or superstition within our current Western culture and our future culture, from a religious or secular perspective”

The exhibition’s theme also draws on elements of fetishes and fetishisation, with the original use of the word meaning to describe an inanimate object with supernatural powers. Since then the connotation of the word has shifted and is often used to refer to sexuality and obsession. SANDMAN sees contributions from five artists: Léann HerlihyStephen LauMark O’GormanRonan O’Reilly and Paul McGrane who utilise a variety of mediums including performance art, sculpture, drawing and painting.

Tonight’s opening starts at 6pm and sees a performance for Herlihy which is due to begin at 7pm, this is the only performance of this piece during the shows run so be sure not to miss it. SANDMAN will continue in The Complex until August 1st, with full details available here.

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