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Rosalind Murray: Lateral Canal Ahead

Rosalind Murray: Lateral Canal Ahead
October 11 - December 13, 2011
CAC Gallery, (City Hall Annex), 344 Broadway, 2nd Fl.  

Performance & Closing Reception
Monday, Dec. 12 at 6pm/Performance: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Because Mischief Delights In Playing With Surfaces,
My Here Is Your There
Artist Rosalind Murray uses the gallery installation as a stage for her poetic narratives and songs. The performance muses on her residency and travels in Cambridge, the separation and connection between places and between individual experiences. Her performances are influenced by the Irish tradition of telling stories mixed with songs in intimate settings. Because Mischief Delights in Playing with Surfaces, My Here Is Your There also includes video projection and live wall drawings, which will remain for viewing in the gallery until Tuesday, December 13, 2011. FREE and open to the public.

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Irish artist Rosalind Murray creates images, compositions and narratives through performance. The show's title, Lateral Canal Ahead, makes reference to eleven miles of canal system built on the river Barrow to allow navigation. When the canal splits the water, one volume goes through a slow deep reflective channel, and one is wild, fast and unpredictable. Murray investigates similar industrial "tracks" through performances in Cambridge and Ireland, resulting in an installation of images, videos and drawing for show in the gallery, that relate to way-finding, boundaries and duality as part of the human condition. The works draws out connections between the personal, national and international, along with the environmental, social and metaphysical, within space and time.

Artist's Statement
Lateral Canal Ahead is a poetic detour of gallery works and live performances made on and around train tracks and canal tracks in Cambridge, MA and Carlow, Ireland, making trade links to tie both places into a relationship for a time.

Lateral Canal Ahead is a track to tie one place to another, connecting the structures, images and stories from my hometown in Carlow, Ireland to the City of Cambridge and also draws links between the now defunct Cambridge ice trade and Carlow sugar trade.

A lateral canal is a man-made channel engineered and built to create a route for trade boats to navigate the river near where I live, like the train tracks laid around Cambridge to support the ice trade and move the ice from Fresh Pond to the wharves in Charlestown for shipping. In this exhibition, I use the existing infrastructure of both places as a grid to distribute a trade of painterly qualities, framed in a journey of narrative, performance, drawing and song. The installation and videos in the gallery explore and play with the industrial history and environmental aesthetic of both places.

Lateral Canal Ahead includes a track installed in the gallery to connect photographs of City of Cambridge and my hometown of Carlow, Ireland. I've spent six weeks presenting a series of performances around the City of Cambridge as part of a residency with the Cambridge Arts Council. The video "Ice-Field-Baby-Maybe-Painting-Is-Not-Dead" is now showing at the CAC Gallery as the partner video for "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow & Blue, & Green, & Grey?" and "Sugar Wos Ear," which draw on the process of making of compositions and paintings in the color fields around my home and on the river Barrow track in Carlow.

For more information, please contact the Cambridge Arts Council at 617-349-4380. 

Past Site-Specific Performances:
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
7:00pm - CAC Gallery Opening

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 
11:00am - Mount Auburn Cemetery (meet at the Observation Tower)
12:00pm - Fresh Pond Reservation (meet at Water Department parking lot)
2:30pm - Sherman Street Crossing
(meet in the parking lot next to José's Mexican, 131 Sherman St.)

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
2:45pm - Porter Square Commuter Rail Station
(meet outside at the entrance at Mass. Ave. & Somerville Ave.)
5:00pm - First St. and Bent St. in East Cambridge
(meet under the sign for Helmand Restaurant)

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011
"The Mystery of Surface"
4:00-5:00pm, First St. & Bent St. in East Cambridge
(meet under the sign for Helmand Restaurant)