Laura Gannon

Wait for me at the bottom of the pool

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Year 2020
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

Working at home for part of lockdown reintroduced me to making watercolours again. The simplicity of working at the dining table meant that everything had to be quickly tidied away when the table was needed. This meant keeping it basic with one set of paper, paints and brushes.

Jack Smith’s writings Wait for me at the Bottom of the Pool is the title that I have chosen for this work as it was the text I was reading when working. His emphasis on the power of imagination sustains me.

About the artist:

Born 1972 Galway, Laura Gannon lives and works in London.  Graduated from BFA Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster (1994); and MFA Goldsmiths, University of London (2003). 

Gannon's work oscillates between drawing, sculpture, painting and film. Recent works include abstract drawings made with metallic ink on linen. The linen has been subjected to multiple processes to reveal its corporeality: folding, bending, and wrinkling suggesting their raw physicality and directness. Her artwork titles are chosen from female literary and architectural references. She uses the titles of short stories and the names of architects, embedding the works with the possibility of narrative and architectural scale. Gannon's films mark a parallel to her sculptural drawings with their articulation of temporality, light, space and the act of looking – intimate portraits of distinctive architectural buildings.

Her works are held in public and private collections including British Government Art Collection U.K, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Kadist Foundation Paris, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Arts Council Ireland.

Selected solo exhibitions include VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland (2019-20); Kate MacGarry, London (2018); Espace Croisé – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Roubaix (2016); and Silver House, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen (2018), Show Window, Kate MacGarry, London (2016); Folly: Art After Architecture, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2014); A House of Leaves, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2013); and Into the Light, Arts Council Collection Exhibition, The Model, Sligo (2012).

Residencies include Launchpad LaB, France (2021); Untapped, Rapallo, Italy (2018); and Tate Britain (2014-15).

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