• Mirosław Bałka, Blue Gas Eyes, 2004, steel, salt, and video projection. Installation view, Gladstone Gallery, New York.

    Mirosław Bałka

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    November 14, 2007–February 10, 2008

    Curated by Enrique Juncosa

    Absence is a central motif in Mirosław Bałka’s art. Like Doris Salcedo, Luc Tuymans, and Rachel Whiteread—peers with whom the forty-nine-year-old Polish sculptor is often associated—Bałka uses formal gaps to index psychic lacunae and to probe lapses in individual and collective memory. Though he generally employs such impersonal materials as steel, concrete, ashes, and salt, Bałka keys his sculptures to his own bodily measurements, ensuring that the artist remains resolutely present even in an aesthetics of absence. This exhibition comprises twenty-six works from the past two decades, including eight large installations and two new sculptures, one of which is a site-specific piece. The publication accompanying the show features essays by curator Enrique Juncosa and curator and critic Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith.