Night But No Morning
Galleries 1, 2 & 3
9 - 28 April 2013
Opening Tuesday 9 April, 6.30-8pm
Exhibition to be opened by Dr Adam Brown
Born in Ireland, Thomas Delohery has no direct connection to the Holocaust. But he has developed a sensitivity towards the subject as a result of his research, interviews, humanitarianism, empathy and an attempt to understand more deeply the event.
Rico Le Brun, a postwar abstractionist and a non-Jew, insisted the Holocaust was a subject that no serious artist should neglect.
The dehumanisation, humiliation and mass murder of European Jewry by Nazis was an event of unparalleled proportion. Like early Christian artists who tried to imagine the crucifixion of Jesus, artists continually try to artistically convey the horror and memory of the Holocaust. Artists such as Robert Morris,Christian Boltanski, Jonathan Borofsky, Anselm Kiefer and Sue Coe are the new generation of artists who are dealing with issues of digression and the suffering of mankind. Before them, George Gross, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso made incomparable political statements and reflected on the violence of the century in many of their works.
In Thomas Delohery’s work, we see an artist who goes beyond trying to reproduce a memory or an event he did not experience. We find a silent and heart-rendering amplification in his work of the fragility and brief duration in time of human beings who had no ordinary deaths.With each drawing, we see small stories narrated with the atmosphere of death: they seem to announce the melancholy and desperation that the emotion of the end brings with it.
When someone dies, it is the little memory that truly disappears, everything they knew, their stories, their favourite books, the music they listened to... Their memories, everything that forms us and constructs us disappears when we die... This memory of the past belongs to everyone, a fragment of a memory, an individual memory. Thomas Delohery presents an imposing, uncomfortable and poetic collection of work that reminds us that everyone has a death of their own.
Thomas Delohery is an international visual artist who was born in Ireland. He has had 42 solo exhibitions and been part of 24 group exhibitions worldwide, including Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Canada, and Australia. His work is held in both private and public collections, including Yad Vashem and the Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History, London, UK (the world's oldest Holocaust Memorial Institution).
He has been awarded travel and mobility awards from the Arts Council, Ireland and also from Culture Ireland: he recently received a Distinguished Talent Visa from the Australian Immigration.