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Courtyard Gallery Exhibition

One Day : 40 Sunrises

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 One Day : 40 Sunrises is a project by Irish artist Ian Wieczorek, comprising 40 paintings based on live-streamed webcam imagery of sunrises around the world on 15 July 2020. Originally presented as an exhibition online, the paintings are now presented in their original form.
 
Ian Wieczorek explains: “Sunrise is a phenomenon we are all familiar with, and, regardless of geographic location or setting, it is an event that is infused with optimism and the possibility of new beginning. In the face of natural majesty – the Sublime – it can also serve as a reminder of our own fragility. Live-streaming webcams linked directly to the internet have become increasingly available to access online, and it is now possible for the viewer to be remotely ‘present’ in many locations around the world. We can view beaches at holiday destinations, take in cityscapes, or observe traffic, weather conditions or even volcanic activity throughout the day and night - unscripted, and experienced in real time. We can ‘be’ there, albeit virtually; we can travel the world through the screen of our laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Particularly in this ‘Time of Covid’, it might be regarded as a rather poignant ‘freedom’.”
 
Based on this freely available online opportunity, One Day: 40 Sunrises presents the experience of sunrise on a particular day in various locations throughout the world, as experienced live through webcams during lockdown in Ireland. The locations were chosen to reflect as broad a geographical spread as possible. The paintings are based on real-time screenshots ‘grabbed’ from online streaming, harvested from the internet by Wieczorek over a 24-hour period on a randomly selected day, 15 July 2020, tracking sunrise around the globe. The number of paintings, 40, references the notion of quarantine, a word deriving from the Italian quaranta giorni meaning ‘forty days’, the period required before ships could disembark in port at the time of a much earlier pandemic, the Black Death.
 
Wieczorek concludes: “The result is a record of this transient experience of sunrise over the course of one day, paintings of digitally mediated images rendered in the ‘traditional’ medium of oil on canvas. It celebrates the possibility of shared experience, and reminds us that, wherever we are in the world, we are all connected.”
 
Ian Wieczorek is a visual artist living and working in Co. Mayo, Ireland. His practice is based primarily in painting and installation.
He has exhibited widely in group/selected shows in Ireland, and internationally in N. Ireland, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, USA, China and Hong Kong. He has also devised and curated a number of shows in Ireland.
 
"Wieczorek's practice looks at how the digitisation of everyday life shapes the dynamics of contemporary society, in particular our social and cultural identity and notions of citizenship."
- Inti Guerrero, curator (catalogue text, 38th EVA International, 2018)

In addition to the paintings, QR codes adjacent to the exhibition offer links to the original project, the accompanying online catalogue, and Sunrise Variations, a 23-minute keyboard composition made in response to the works by musician and composer Bernard O’Neill.
 
One Day : 40 Sunrises was originally funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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One Day : 40 Sunrises is located at:
Turlough Park,
Castlebar,
Co. Mayo
F23 HY31


One Day : 40 Sunrises is a project by Irish artist Ian Wieczorek, comprising 40 paintings based on live-streamed webcam imagery of sunrises around the world on 15 July 2020. Originally presented as an exhibition online, the paintings are now presented in their original form.

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Castlebar,
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F23 HY31

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