Éigse Carlow Arts Festival 2008
We Don’t Need Nobody Else
Curated by Rob Lowe
As part of Éigse Carlow Arts Festival 2008, We Don’t
Need Nobody Else brings together the work of artists from
Ireland, the UK and further afield. Located in St Patrick’s
College, the historical and educational heart of Carlow town
and county, the show attempts to engage with this setting,
touching on notions of the visible and the part- or un-seen,
the individual and the mutual, and the search for connection
The starting point for the show is some of the fixations of
art, namely the capturing of reality, myth and fiction, reverie
and nightmare. These preoccupations are not the subject, theme
or byline for the exhibition; instead they give grounding
for individual artist enquiry. The works use, and endeavour
to connect with, what appears to be immediate, and everyday,
close, recognisable and within grasp. They consider surroundings,
things, places, people, the past. The familiarity, though,
falls awkwardly on the eye and the memory. The works ask for
an altered gaze, a shift in stance or even of beliefs. They
may require a different, harder, unflinching sense, or instead
a renewed innocence or regression. They may tug at the comfort
of the habitual look, pull at what is known and identifiable,
and usher towards something unnerving, broken, or incomplete.
The shift makes for solitary viewing; and yet, surely an intention
for art is reassurance, a shared way of looking.
We Don’t Need Nobody Else reflects on the self-dependence
of the individual and the need for the communal, and explores
the unsettling nature of attempting to recognise another’s
The exhibition includes work by the following artists: Steven
Aylin, Paul Becker, Anna Bjerger, Gordon Cheung, Vanessa Donoso
López, Erica Eyres, Andrzej Jackowski, and Justin Mortimer.
Sat 7 – Sun 15 June 2008
11am – 7pm
St Patrick’s College
Justin Mortimer discusses his paintings and working practice.
Sunday 8 June, 4pm
Vanessa Donoso López in conversation with Mark St.
John Ellis, curator of the Ashford Gallery, Royal Hibernian
Saturday 14 June, 4pm