Ailbhe Ní Bhriain at domobaal

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain's 'Great Good Places I'

06:54 min, Video & CGI composite, colour, sound, looped, 2011
Sound: Pádraig Murphy

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain's 'Great Good Places I' is Part I of a four-part series that borrows its title from the Henry James short story ‘The Great Good Place’. This series borrows its title from the Henry James short story ‘The Great Good Place’. It draws on the slippage between dream and reality captured in the story and its strange atmosphere – at once mundane and hallucinatory. James's 'Great Good Place' is an impossible but obscurely familiar refuge to which the overworked and the overwhelmed find themselves magically transported. This work reimagines a series of generic settings as such sites of suspension and displacement. It uses simple collage devices alongside CGI and chromakeyed elements to combine locations and play with the uncertainty of image-space. In a sense it proposes the image itself as a Great Good Place - a displaced elsewhere and an imaginative escape.

'Great Good Places' has been staged in different contexts, most frequently as a four-screen installation. Each film features its own soundtrack, mixing instrumental and natural sounds. The four films are looped and of varying length, creating a changing soundscape and set of image combinations.

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Ailbhe Ní Bhriain uses composite and constructed imagery to create scenes in which the dimensions of time and place are out–of–joint. Her work seeks to represent a state of things come undone by imagining the hallucinatory in the mundane and vice versa.…


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Ailbhe Ní Bhriain uses composite and constructed imagery to create scenes in which the dimensions of time and place are out–of–joint. Her work seeks to represent a state of things come undone by imagining the hallucinatory in the mundane and vice versa. The work operates on two levels. On the one hand it employs deliberately simple collage techniques to declare its constructed–ness and point to the illusory nature of image–place. On the other hand, it asks the viewer to inhabit a fluid illogic – an unfolding of form and narrative that lends an unlikely coherence to the contradictions of the imagery.

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain is represented by domobaal gallery in London and more information on her work can be found on domobaal.com/artists/ailbhe-ni-bhriain-01.html

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