We are delighted to host the launch of Richard Gilligan's new book 'DIY' at a new exhibition in Dublin following the European launch of the book at the prestigious Le Bal Gallery bookstore in Paris on the 27th of September 2012.
This is an exhibition about a book of photographs rather than an exhibition of the photographs found within a book. We've reduced the book down to a grid of spreads spanning the gallery, inviting the viewer to explore the images within the structure and context of the book.
We're hosting a discussion of the process of making the book through an artist's talk when Richard Gilligan will engage an invited panel to explore concept, technique and implementation.
DIY can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. Through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces, which are ordinarily, an adaptation of existing, but often abandoned, terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment.
Utilising found materials, these unauthorised and often illegal temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the US. His pictures show how skaters and DIY builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit.
This exhibition is the first in a series where we promote and engage with the making of photographers and artists books.