The Path of Distribution Point of Light (2015) : IMMA Permanent Collection (IMMA.4045)

Mary McIntyre (Artist)

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Medium: Photographic print
Dimensions: Framed: photograph 109 x 130 x 5 cm
Credit Line: IMMA Collection: Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2018
Item Number: IMMA.4045

McIntyre is interested in drawing relationships between the spaces she depicts in her photographic images and the gallery spaces these images inhabit. For this installation, The Path to the Distribution Point of Light, she has constructed a low platform, in the form of a shallow ramp that spills out from the corner of the room. The stage-like structure introduces a sense of heightened theatricality as you are invited to walk across it to view the photograph on the wall.

The photograph depicts the corner of an empty studio in an art school following the frenetic activity of end of year student exhibitions. The transition from the mess and clutter of those studios during term-time to their quietude in the summer period creates an impression of stillness that resonates in this image. Through the interaction between photographic and installation elements, this work highlights different physical and psychological states that may be experienced by the viewer; between the ‘interiority’ of individually contemplating the image and the ‘exteriority’ of heightened self-awareness as your footsteps register acoustically on the wooden platform.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherIrish Museum of Modern Art
Size109 x 130 x 5 cm
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Sept 2018


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