You are invited to the launch of 'Limbo Land', an exhibition of new sculptural work by Christopher James Burns in the MAC's Sunken Gallery.
Christopher James Burns (b. 1988) is a Belfast based artist whose practice draws upon the particular context in which he lives. Working predominantly in sculpture and installation, Burns explores the complex relationship between memory, place and the construction of identity, with his works often challenging the meaning and value of the objects around us; particularly those that purport to commemorate or communicate our past.
With this exhibition in our Sunken Gallery, Burns presents a landscape of sculptural forms assembled from both personal and found artefacts. Arranged across three islands within the Sunken Gallery, these objects are imbued with the history, culture and visual codes that have come to define Northern Irish identity, and speak to the peculiarities of a place once aptly described by Seamus Heaney as a ‘limbo land’.
A visual consortium of fallen monuments, disfigured memorials and votive offerings, Burns’ works map a place that is both physically and psychologically caught in a state of liminality. Hewn from a range of different materials, the sculptures on display are in themselves liminal objects. Drawing on the visual languages of cartography, Christian iconography and national monuments, they bleed together multiple different sources and reference points.
A reliquary of sorts for the objects, codes, customs and rituals that create the society in which we live, Limbo Land presents a vision of a place that constantly seeks to find its form, with little resolution.
Exhibition runs 12 April - 7 July 2019 in our Sunken Gallery.