Anne Collier

Lismore Castle Arts

25 Mar - 29 Oct, 2023

25 Mar - 29 Oct, 2023

Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford

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Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. Waterford P51 F859, Ireland

25 March – 29 October 2023

Preview Saturday 25 March 2023, 3-6pm

Lismore Castle Arts is pleased to announce ‘Eye’, the first exhibition in Ireland by the New York-based artist Anne Collier. The exhibition is a focused survey of Collier’s works produced between 2007 and 2022 that feature images of eyes, including the artist’s own and those sourced from photography manuals, advertisements, comic books, film stills, and album sleeves. The exhibition considers Collier’s long-standing interest in what curator Michael Darling identified as a “self-perpetuating ocular system”, where the act of looking - or being looked at - is inherent to the photographic process itself.

Over the past two decades Anne Collier has developed a complex body of work that considers our social and cultural relationships with images and with the medium and history of photography itself. At Lismore Castle Arts Collier will present works including her iconic self-portraits ‘Developing Tray #2 (Grey)’ and ‘Cut’, both 2009, alongside more recent works from her ongoing ‘Filter’, ‘Women Crying’ and ‘Women Crying (Comic)’ series, and a new slide-projection work ‘Shutter’, 2022.

Collier’s ‘Filter’ works are indicative of her approach and expand upon her long-standing consideration of the analog photographic process and the mechanics at play in the production, construction and distribution of images. These recent works are based around imagery sourced from vintage American romance comic books from 1950s to 1980s. Collier exclusively focuses on the comic books’ clichéd narratives that paradoxically served to reinforce the notion of a subservient and eternally suffering female subject. On top of a greatly enlarged detail of an image of an emotionally distraught woman Collier applies a Kodak Color Print Viewing Filter, to create a series of ‘frames’ around the recurring or repeated images. The Kodak Color Print Viewing Filter was a pre-digital technical device designed to assist with color correction when making photographic prints in the darkroom. Collier’s resultant ‘Filter’ works depict sequential images that suggest a liminal space somewhere between the photographic and the cinematic: between a still and a moving image.

Central to Collier’s ongoing project is a consideration of the emotional and psychological attachments that we develop with images, and how these (auto)biographical narratives relate to photography’s inherent relationship with memory, melancholia and loss. Throughout her work Collier seeks to privilege the relationship between gender and image-making, whilst simultaneously maintaining a tension between the ’objective’, almost forensic-like depiction of her subjects and the often fraught and highly emotive nature of the images that she creates.

Anne Collier currently lives and works in New York. She received a BFA from CalArts, Valencia, in 1993, and an MFA from UCLA, Los Angeles, in 2001. Collier’s work was the subject of a survey exhibition at the Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2018), that traveled to Fotomuseum Winterthur (2019). Other recent solo museum exhibitions include: FRAC Normandie, Rouen (2017); and a major survey organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2014), which traveled to the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2014); the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2015), and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the USA, Tate Collection in the UK, Centre Georges Pompidou, FRAC Normandie Rouen in France, Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and Moderna Museet in Sweden, among others.

The exhibition will also feature events and initiatives designed to engage diverse audiences throughout the run of the show. This includes the design and production of a limited edition publication to accompany the show, launch event and seminar in Lismore, and a series of film screenings.


Anne Collier; Filter #4 (Cyan), 2021; C-print; Print size: 150.6 x 121.2 cm, 59 1/4 x 47 3/4 in; Courtesy of the artist; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Gladstone Gallery, Brussels; and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow

Header image:

Anne Collier, Developing Tray #2 (Grey), 2009, C-print, 42.2 x 51.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Gladstone Gallery, Brussels; and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow

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