10 Aug 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land | David Callan

126 Gallery present:

Stranger in a Strange Land | David Callan

Exhibition: 11th August - 8th September 2012
Preview: Friday 10th August, 6pm

David Callan
Image credit: Brendan Goode
Stranger in a Strange Land

“Then suddenly, with grokking so blinding he trembled, he understood money. These pretty pictures and bright medallions were not “money”; they were symbols for an idea which spread through these people, all through their world.”

Excerpt from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

In his debut solo show, David Callan presents a mixed media installation which draws on a failure to grasp the global economic crisis, the interpretation of history and the artist’s love of science fiction to create an imagined narrative of current events. 'Stranger in a Strange Land' takes its title from the 1961 science fiction novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein (who borrowed it from the Book of Exodus), the story of a Martian’s attempts to understand life on earth. In turn, the artist has created dystopian works inspired by our enigmatic alien landscape of ghost estates and abandoned building sites, modern day monoliths, and questions how will they be interpreted hundreds of years from now. The work takes aesthetic and allegorical cues from such films as the Alien franchise and 2001: A Space Odyssey, in particular their miniature special effects, as well as building sites, Newgrange and Joe McNamara’s Achillhenge.

David Callan is an artist based in Galway. He is a graduate of GMIT Cluain Mhuire and a former board member of 126. He has shown widely around Ireland as well as in the USA and Finland. He has yet to exhibit in Berlin.

3 Aug 2012

The Good Children Gallery: Post-Fordlândia - Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

126 Gallery & The Good Children Gallery present: Post-Fordlândia. An exhibition of new collaborative work by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley
126, Artist-run Gallery,
Queen St,

126 Gallery and The Good Children Gallery present:


An exhibition of new collaborative work by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

The Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA

August 11th - September 1st 2012

Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

An exhibition of new collaborative work by Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley

Opening Reception: Saturday August 11th, 6pm - 10pm
Post-Fordlândia is a series of films and photographic works exploring the ruins of Fordlândia, Henry Ford’s failed utopian, white-picket town constructed in 1928 in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. Fordlândia, a now abandoned American town exists as the most poignant existing monument to Ford’s attempt to export his puritanical model of capitalism “Fordism” and the American way of life into other parts of the world. Whilst Ford’s vision was at once protecting even parental, it was utterly totalitarian, and as industrialised processes became increasingly global, the flaws in Ford’s logic began to erode the fabric of his utopian dream. As the ensuing disasters mounted, Ford’s aims for Fordlândia became increasingly obsessed by idealism, as if he sensed that the growing failure of Fordlândia was an apocalyptic premonition that threatened to destroy his vision of the world saved by capitalism.

Post-Fordlândia is a series of works exploring the space between fiction, documentary, and subjective observation, that contemplates the physical and ideological failure of the exportation of the capitalist dream into one of the most complex ecological and cultural places on the planet.
Megs Morley and Tom Flanagan are visual artists based in Galway, Ireland. Their collaborative practice is primarily concerned with the exploration of cultural and political contexts and sites through the expanded use of artists cinema, cinematic space, documentary, fiction and experimental film. Their approach to moving image is multifaceted and experimental and plays with the forms and tropes of both fiction and non-fiction film. Their work explores a self-reflexive inquiry into the medium of film, and attempts to complicate potential readings surrounding the documentation of politically complex sites and contexts thereby creating a criticality on the relationship between images, history and memory.
Morley and Flanagan both studied Fine Art Sculpture in LSAD before completing Masters in Visual Arts Practices in IADT, 2008. Their work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in both gallery and film festival contexts. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Galway Arts Centre, June 2011 (Solo), Rencontres Internationales: Paris: Centre Pompidou November 2011. “A Series of Navigations” curated by Seamus Kealy, The Model, Sligo. Upcoming: Rencontres Internationales: Berlin - July 2012, Mermaid Arts, Wicklow, (Solo) 2013. Public Commissions include “Aughty, a Film in 4 Parts” a feature length film, commissioned by Aughty Public Art Projects and Galway County Council, July 2012.

126 Gallery is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA. The Good Children Gallery is a pioneer artist-run space based in the St. Claude Arts District aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of New Orleans. The space serves as a bellwether for artistic endeavors by exhibiting engaging work from local, national, and international artists.

As part of this new partnership, the galleries will exchange exhibitions during the upcoming programme year. 126 Gallery will travel with a show to New Orleans in August 2012, with the Good Children Gallery bringing a show to Galway in June 2013.


126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.


The Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117, USA

good children gallery

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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