RESIDENCIES 2010 / 2011

2014/15 | 2013/14 | 2012/13 | 2011/12 | 2010/11 | 2009/10 | 2008/09 | 2007/08 | 2006/07

Fiona Mullholland | Johnnie Lawson | Karl Burke | Leo ScharffMichelle Browne


Johnny Lawson, Artist in Residence, 2010/11

Residency Exhibition: 'Once I was a Child'

Artist Statement: “All is flux, nothing stays still.” Heraclitus, Greek philosopher.

Johnnie Lawson seeks out locations within the landscape, considered silent or quiet places, to record a linear timeline of several minutes documenting the history of each place. Lawson enjoys the spontaneity and the factor of chance that this method of videography offers. He captures the continuous, the incidental, the random and the fortuitous; elements that contribute to the construction of the global landscape. The shifting tension and harmony between these elements, relative to place, time, and the forces of nature, which alter and shape the memory of the landscape, are what attract him to this subject matter.

Time and memory are important subjects as he believes, once the passage of time is witnessed, memory is created. Memory is an integral part of how we perceive time. Our interaction with the landscape on life’s journey produces our individual and collective memories and histories. 

Lawson is interested in how subjective memory influences collective memory. In particular, how memory can be manipulated, altered, and shaped through various means of expression, i.e. through the written or spoken word; through song, poetry, music, dance, paint; or through some form of technology such as digital media.

Portfolio of previous work:

Art Through Meditiation - Experimental Paintings

Biography: Johnnie Lawson is originally from Dublin, and now resides and works in Leitrim. A self taught artist, his practice is informed by previous careers in acting and stage craft at Ireland’s national theatre, The Abbey, as a stone mason in Wicklow, and working with various charities as a life and fitness coach. Courses in photography, film production, bronze casting, glass sculpture, various forms of printing, and Vipassana meditation, further influence his work.

Lawson’s questioning nature has brought him to numerous countries on each continent. The diversity of their respective cultures, people, and landscapes initiated his interest in individual and collective memories, and history. This also instigated his questioning of the subjectivity of perceived time. Lawson’s has participated in a number of art residencies and his work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, as well as being featured in various media including print and TV. His works can be seen in many private collections throughout the world.