Susan Buttner, collapse of narrative, 2016, RDS VAA Exhibition, installation photograph, courtesy the RDS VAA, RDS, Dublin.
TEXT/ Collapse of Narrative Exhibition.
The objective of this project was to work with Eblana House to embrace its current structural state, recognize its position as a government building and develop a site-specific installation, shifting it from institutional to social space. The work engages with the relationship of art to the forces of globalization and capitalism and the state of fragility and the imbalance that evokes. The artist builds structures as part of a live performance, random objects were adapted using opportunistic techniques, balance, tension, weight, form, and line. Temporality and collapse were key factors. The viewer was invited to interrupt the frame, collapse the art, choose objects or partial objects and re-appropriate the space, creating a common experience.
Buttner acknowledges and takes the responsibility for the place and time of its intervention accepts its limitations and argues that art we make in the present time, that is formulated in specific moments of intervention investigates the status of the artwork, the notion of the collapse of narrative, and the significance of using live performance art within the community, creating dialogue.
Buttner's sculptural works were selected for the RDS Visual Art Award Exhibition, 2016, curated for Alice Maher.