Group exhibition at Platform Arts Belfast featuring work by QSS artist Craig Donald

“The world must be romanticized. In this way its original meaning will be rediscovered. To romanticize is nothing but a qualitative heightening. In this process the lower self becomes identified with a better self. (…) Insofar as I present the commonplace with significance, the ordinary with mystery, the familiar with the seemliness of the unfamiliar and the finite with the semblance of the infinite, I romanticize it.”

NOVALIS (1772-1801)

 

Platform Arts Belfast presents an exhibition of new work by Christopher James Burns, Craig Donald, Anna Marie Savage and Anne Marie Taggart which offers a contemporary investigation of Romanticism. These four practitioners currently work on the island of Ireland and a core thread that weaves through each of their work is a probing of identity, ranging from the personal through to the cultural and political. Their individual approaches combine to form a rich and complex dialogue on the nature of images, objects and the land itself. Romanticism provides them with the vocabulary and iconography to express dissatisfaction about a present that is increasingly uninhabitable and a desire for a future whose blueprint has yet to be drawn. They believe that this ‘New Romanticism’ expresses the transition from a place not yet left behind, to another space not yet entered, and perhaps impossible to reach.

 

Exhibition dates: 6 – 28 September 2018