According to Our Historians a Meteorite Fell Hissing
An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by David Haughey
May 8 - June 2
Artist talk May 8 7.30pm
In the science fiction novel “We,” by Yevgeny Zamyatin there is occasional reference to a “Two-Hundred-Year War.” The details of the catalysing epoch are never described fully. The reader is left to speculate upon the crisis and the conditions that brought it about. This speculation, is one of the central concerns in this body of work. With any occurrence largely read by digital means, how is the historical timeline composed and events concatenated? How does this lens affect reading, and position an “event” relative to any other moment, with only diffuse edges separating document and fiction in this arena?
The framework put in place to create this work, is a model of how images and data are found and referenced, revealing the flaws, the haphazard nature of search, and the evident human curation, not only of the archive, but the mechanics and structure of how we interact with any archive and its data.
Each individual composition is loaded with the representations found in original photos, and carry that historical freight into the compositional space, which is simultaneously nullified and continually recast in different roles by a process of cutting, cropping, grouping, drawing, painting and looking.
The work is attempting to describe something, but similar to the Two-Hundred- Year War, that thing is just outside of view, just outside the frame, just outside of experience. When events occur beyond lived experience and are mediated by a system that is subject to the same flaws and corruption of any other, how do we read them, what underwrites the consensus, and what are we left with in the aftermath?
David Haughey graduated from Ulster University in 2001, BA (Hons) Fine Art. He has shown work in conjunction with Factotum and The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, in Venice, at La Casa Di Corto Maltese (2011), as well as the Royal Ulster Academy Annual exhibition (2014), and at Void Gallery, Derry, in an exhibition curated by Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger (2015). Utilising traditional image making practices and digital media, his work has been shown at numerous other group and solo exhibitions.