How to Use Fool's Gold
July 13 to September 2
B.C. Binning and
Alvin Balkind Galleries
Thursday July 12, 7-10 pm
Saturday July 14, 2 pm
Contemporary Art Gallery
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in North America of work by Irish artist Sarah Browne. This exciting survey spans the entire gallery including the artist’s entry for the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Using ‘the economy’ as the basis for her artistic practice, Browne works with small communities of people, documenting resourceful forms of exchange such as gifting, subsistence and subsidies, to reveal the hidden social relations that exist in small-scale economic structures, summations of collective intention or desire.
Central to the exhibition is a new film titled Second Burial at Le Blanc (2011-12) commissioned by the CAG with Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK. It follows a procession through Le Blanc, a small French town where local merchants continued to accept francs for goods and services, the film completed in the days immediately following the end to the original currency.
The exhibition also gives its name to How to Use Fool’s Gold (Pyrite Radio) (2012), a crystal radio collecting the broadcasts that fill the air around us, a metaphor for those things of value that go unseen, revealed by a mineral mistaken as a precious commodity.
The exhibition is generously supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Special thanks to Opus Hotel, Vancouver.
Image: Sarah Browne, How to Use Fool’s Gold (Pyrite Radio) (2012) (detail) Pyrite, Plexiglas, safety pin, paperclip, bulldog clips, variable capacitor, plastic drainpipe, electrical wire, bakelite headphones (passive crystal radio set, earthed to the building’s lightning rod with aerial extending outside) Courtesy of the artist.