Carriage Return explores the interface between the language of drawing and other written languages currently used in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. In this new body of work, Merriman investigates mark making in the context of language: drawn, written and programmed. In a wide consultation process, people in the county generously gave samples of the many types of language they use in formats that include; hand written or emailed prose, notes, lists, computer code printouts, recipes, poems, news articles and songs. Each language is considered by the artist as an arrangement of marks and lines, examining the complexity and beauty of new and established patterns of communication. The transcription may mask the legibility of the original, but it strives to maintain the rhythm of the marks and the pattern of the lines.
Process is important to the development of this work. Merriman has developed a method of working that allows the image to unfold, slowly revealing itself through the action of drawing. By default, the work explores concepts of ‘copy’ and ‘original’. By filtering arrangements of lines through outdated materials, such as carbon paper or typewriter film, a continuing transmission of marks are exchanged from one drawing to the next.
The Learning Programme accompanying the exhibition features several talks and workshops such as the Artist in Conversation, a tour designed especially for people learning English as a second language, modern calligraphy, drawing workshops with Julie Merriman and Felicity Clear, a coding workshop for parents and children, a drawing and language workshop, Open Studios in the Project Room and Dementia Friendly Gallery Tours of the exhibition.
The exhibition opens on Friday 8 June and runs until Sunday 22 July in the Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire. The exhibition has been commissioned by the Arts Office, and supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council.
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