Dark Lights continued…
Installation and video by James L Hayes
Opening Saturday February 12, 6 - 9 p.m.
Exibition Dates: February 12 - March 5
Dark lights continued…
is a one-person show by Irish artist James L Hayes. Hayes’ work is often installation
based and utilises many formats including sculptural cast and fabricated objects, digital video projections
and sound. Hayes’ work often deals with themes of conflict, and in the works displayed at the Good Children
Gallery this theme is coupled with environmental issues and a conflict between materials. Through his use of
the familiar everyday object Hayes’ work often evokes the uncanny, or creates an atmosphere of psychological
unease. Everyday objects are made strange and the materiality of the objects displayed is not as it seems.
This exhibition has been funded and supported by Culture Irelands Imagine Ireland (www.imagineireland.ie/
focus in the US for 2011. The show has also been run in conjunction with both the University of New Orleans
and Louisiana State University.
About the Artist
Irish Artist James L Hayes studied fine art at Limerick School of Art & Design, The Unversity of Vigo Spain,
De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London in the UK.From 1997 to 2003 Hayes’ was
based in London’s East End, where he also spent time gaining professional /industrial experience in AB Fine
Art Foundry ltd. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 he received major funding awards from the Irish Arts Council to attend
sculpture Symposia and residencies in New Mexico, New York and Denver Colorado respectively, also in 2007
he was a receipent of an Individual Artist Bursary Award from Cork City Council.
Over the last two years he has completed two major ‘percent for art’ commissions for Cork City Council and
Mayo county Council respectively and in September 2010 he was awarded a prestigious site-specfic sculpture
commission from Cork County Council which is due to be completed by summer 2011.
Recent national and international selections include, The MART Instructional European Tour (London Berlin,
Norway, Bratislava, Dublin), The Worcester Contemporary Open-2010, ‘Ev+a’ 2008 ‘too early for vacation..’
Limerick (curated by Hou Hanru), The USUK International Sculpture Symposia, New York, “Global Warming
at the ICEBOX’’- The ICEBOX Philadelphia (curated by Adelina Vlas- Curator of Modern & Contemporary
Collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Other recent works were shown at the ‘The Eye-Kea Project’—
an International Video art event at the Basement Project Space in Cork, The Limerick Printmakers Gallery,
Limerick, The Blankspace Gallery in San Francisco, The Burris Hill Galley in New Mexico and at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Birmingham, AL.
Upcoming projects in 2011 include a one person exhibitions at the Good Childern Gallery in New Orleans (funded
by Culture Ireland- Imagine Ireland focus in 2011) and at the West Cork Arts Centre in Cork, also works will feature
in a touring Show of Contemporary Irish Artists in the United States at Galleries in New York, Chicago and LA.