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THE SOUND OF MOTHS
Vernissage | Thursday 12th October 2023
13.10.23 - 17.10.23 

A solo exhibition showcasing British artist Jill Tegan Doherty's new series of graphite works on paper, spanning from 2021 - 2023. Her trip to Mexico at the beginning of this period left an indelible mark, the aftermath of her encounters and experience there constitutes a significant undercurrent within the body of these works. Doherty will host a series of events during the week-long exhibition, including a book launch for her debut poetry book The Anonymous Self and Artist's catalogue The Soft Centre of Bone,  as well as live sound performances by invited Mexican artists; Ismael Darszon López, Ian Medina, Miriam Leo and Tom Kessler. 

Moths are drenched and punctured in ancient symbolism. It is believed they hold concealed knowledge, summoning internal transformation while also serving as emblems of mortality. As shy, nocturnal creatures, it’s curious that they are drawn to light and luminescence in near compulsion, achingly following the breath and hum of eventide glow. Their unwavering commitment to pursuing the light’s allure seems to be a profound existential duty. This visualisation, for me, kindles a potent and vital image, evoking devoted serenity, awe, and weighted contemplation, poised on the brink of metamorphosis; the outcome unknown.

 

The moth's reticent, dyadic existence pulses through both this life and one beyond. The Sound of Moths urges us to listen acutely and reverently, reaching into the untouchable recesses of our consciousness, shining a low-lit light over uncharted, otherworldly terrain.

 

This series of drawings flutters and agitates the technique of automatism, a transcendental state where diffident fragments of subconscious memory stir. Allegories intersect with the paper-thin wings, ethereal whispers entwined as discourse ascends and imagery emerges that eclipses the self’s boundaries, tangible and resonant. Unfurling from the mind’s timid shadows, the moth’s archetypal light guides us, primal instinct illuminating the path. The greatest findings are unearthed during the process of seeking something beyond ourselves and what we already know to exist.

 

PROGRAMME

Thursday 12th October  

VERNISSAGE | 18:00 - 22:00

Something will be stirring in the underbelly of the exhibition, only shown at the opening night, don't miss it!!

 

Saturday 14th October

On the evening of the 14th of October Doherty is delighted to invite a group of Mexican musicians to perform a series of concerts; offering carefully crafted sounds to pair with the intricacies brought to life in the exhibition. Miriam Leo and Tom Kessler will be blending their unique take on improvised music with soulful traditional Mexican folk songs and will provide the perfect soundtrack to immerse one’s self in the profound world presented by The Sound of Moths. Ian Medina will be opening the evening with a concert full of haunting yet delicate  soundscapes. Paying homage to the beautiful mystery hidden in plain sight across Mexico.

BOOK LAUNCH  | 16:00

Artist's catalogue The Soft Centre of Bone and poetry book The Anonymous Self

 

LIVE MUSIC | 18:00 - 19:45

Ian Medina (electronics) | 18:00 

Tom Kessler (acoustic guitar) & Miriam Leo (keyboard and voice) | 19:00

 

Tuesday 17th October

FINISSAGE | 18:00 - 22:00

 

OPENING TIMES 

Friday, Sunday & Monday  | 12:00 - 20:00

Saturday & Tuesday | 14:00 - 22:00

GlogauAIR | Glogauer Str. 16, Berlin 10999

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