James Coleman

Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Royal Hibernian Academy

A collaborative venture involving three institutions, this is the first major exhibition of James Coleman’s work in Ireland. It follows the successive presentation, over the past three years, of three projected image works in the Great Hall at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In the new show at IMMA, the video So Different . . . and Yet, 1980, was presented on a large outdoor LED screen similar to those used at sporting events or concerts. Museum visitors tended to move around this structure, often drawing close to the screen to examine the grid of tiny blue, green, and red bulbs that make up its surface. The visitors’ movements loosely echoed the actions of the young woman shown on-screen, who continually rearranges herself, occasionally addressing the camera directly. The work appears to play with technological obsolescence, through its pronounced reference to chroma-key visual effects

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