This exhibition is part of the project Vestibule which focuses on Merrion Square as a central point of history, architecture and culture in Dublin City.
Daniel Gustav Cramer presents „XVI 2014“ an iron sphere which is buried in the park of Merrion Square. The Return acts as a reference and vesti- bule for the work. For the exhibition the gallery remains empty with the exception of a framed paper with a single sentence referring to the sculpture. The work appears in a kind of double absence - it is neither visible in the exhibition space nor in the park itself. At the same time, as both elements refer to the park, the park turns into the subject. In a way Cramer ́s sculptural work is Merrion Square itself, with its paths, trees and its history.
Vestibule comprises two other works by Irish artists Aleana Egan and Eva Rothschild. These works can be seen from 17 May until 30 September in Mer- rion Square Park.
Supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Coun- cil and Goethe Institute Ireland.
A publication has been produced on the occasion of the exhibition with a text by Aoife Tunney.
A man steps into the square. He looks straight ahead. He walks down the footpath on the left hand side. He takes his usual route towards the middle meadow. His path takes him towards the undulating green, where an uncertainty of distance brings him peace of mind. The end of the park disappears into the shadows of the trees.
He sits on a bench. The blue from a batch of tulips in the bed in front of him beams in his direction. It is spring time. He closes his eyes and tilts his head towards the sky and listens.
The street is nearby and houses and businesses. Their sounds blur. Beneath him the ground.
The well bottom is a cavern and not unlike the bottom of the sea. Everything stays still. Things keep their original form as if under great pressure.
Aoife Tunney, May 2014