Future Perfect

Future-Perfect copy

Future Perfect
Asylumarchive, Gemma Browne, Fiona Chambers, Carol Anne Connolly, Paul Doherty, Mark Durkan, John Gayer, Raine Hozier Byrne, Moze Jacobs, Myra Jago, Bartosz Kolata, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Shelly McDonnell, Ian McInerney, Caroline McNally, Lorraine Neeson, Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú, Thomas O’Brien, Tadhg Ó Cuirrín, Peter O’Kennedy, Fergus O’Neill, Ethna O’Regan, Lynda Phelan, Ben Sloat, Chris Timms, Chanelle Walshe, and Lee Welch. Curated by Jim Ricks. 
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

From the 6th of December 2012 and into January 2013

The future and the lack of has been cited as the basis for a number of exhibitions in Ireland and Europe in the last year. Ideas concerning the Modernist project, Idealism and Utopia from a post-Post-Modern position have come into common circulation amongst artists. But can we still envision a future? Using the grammatical classification of Future Perfect as a starting point and as a play on words, artists were asked to submit work or proposals that investigate or respond to all of the aforementioned ideas. This will (ideally!) include political, philosophical, aesthetic, and historical concerns.

Artists in all mediums (including performance and painting) were invited to submit work and proposals for work for an exhibition at the Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery, Gallery 8. The submission fee was €2 and had to be paid with a €2 coin. There were no form letters, i.e. all applicants received personalised rejection or acceptance correspondence. Work was chosen based on its feasibility, artistic quality and its relevance to the theme. The exhibition was adjudicated by Jim Ricks as impartially as possible.


Penmanship by Amanda Jane Graham.  Thanks to everyone at the Hugh Lane and the Sleepwalkers project.  Special thanks to Michael Dempsey.