John Power – The Nature of Things
“„What do we know but ev’ry bird that cuts the airy way’s,
KAMERA ∞ Gallery
27 September – 19 October, 2019
Opening Reception: October 23rd, 5.30 pm
Our Address: 5 Rowe Street Lr., Wexford Eircode: Y35 RDX9
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„What do we know but ev’ry bird that cuts the airy way’s, is an immense world of delight, closed by own senses five?“
John Power’s work is about perception and definition, as well as interpretation and esthetics.
As Duchamp observed an object can be something mundane and functional or it can be a work of art. -It’s all in the mind. – The ‚machines‘ and objects the artist has created over a number of years come from an industrial ‚genre‘or source.. When displayed within a gallery or exhibition context, they can potentially appear to be out of place, or even alien,but ,as we know by now, much of our perception of things has to do with our conditioning and often rigid view of the world in which we exist..
Growing up in rural Ireland John Power always loved the beauty of the woods and surrounding landscape,but working for years in Industry in immense electrical spaces, the artist saw and observed the surprising beauty inherent in this environment as well… Surrounded by machines and devices, buzzing with electrical energy, cable racks and looms of many and vibrant colours, he discovered a certain esthetic which he found fascinating. From the moment he engaged in these observations he longed to create his own devices and machines, industrial in appearance but philosophical and esthetic in their nature.Amongst other venues the artist has previously shown at Anya von Gosseln’s Art in Progress gallery in Dublin,, at Dublin Airport and the Temple Bar Meeting House Square, After moving to Germany John Power exhibited at the Baumwollspinnerei (former Cotton Spinning Factory) in Leipzig. An international exhibition in the Ostragehege district of Dresden followed in 2007, and most fascinating of all there were regular shows of his work in the old AEG industrial complex at Berlin – Schöneweide where Emil Rathenau built and developed his Empire with the help of design and esthetic genius Peter Behrens.This is the first exhibition of the artist’s work since his return to Ireland