The Plane Invasion is an exhibition of monumental endeavours, showcasing the work of sixty different creative practitioners. One linking element between each member of the ‘Plane Invaders’ is that each person has in some way been inspired or touched by the work, life and friendship of the late artist Orlagh Spain.
In August 2012 Orlagh Spain, a Limerick-based artist from Tullamore, died too soon. Having graduated with first class honours from LSAD in Printmaking in June 2010 Orlagh’s first and final show was Anchorage; the Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery in 2011.
The second linking element was a serendipitous finding of a collection of twenty five WW2 illustrated encyclopaedias, a genre of imagery which was influential in Orlagh’s practice. These books were shared among the participants to act as a foundation for the work and to achieve an overall thematic display. Feeling that a posthumous retrospective would not quite have suited the Orlagh Spain ethos, it was decided that a showcase of artists’ work in response to the life of Orlagh Spain was far more attractive and exciting. The intent is that the viewer will not so much think of the exhibition as an event in isolation, but rather is to be experienced as a celebration of life and art and also reflects the influence one great artist can unwittingly have on their peers. This exhibition allows for an equal opportunity for everyone to get together and to create a dialogue; to explore their own work in response to the general theme suggested by the World War II encyclopaedias but to also offer the great challenge of creating work in response to the life and work of Orlagh Spain.
Orlagh excelled during her time at Limerick School of Art and Design and we are delighted that L.S.A.D will host the exhibition which will include many of its current students and staff along with many alumni. The exhibition will be opened by Anne Culhane, Librarian, L.S.A.D. and Des MacMahon Course Leader Printmaking and Contemporary Practice, L.S.A.D, on Wednesday the 8th of April at 18.00. They exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 9 April – Wednesday 22 April, 10.00-17.00.
Exhibitions commonly tell a story, in the case of a one person show they tend to follow a liner and biographical narrative; an exhibition such as the Plane Invasion will be more than this. It will indirectly deal with death, loss, strength of character, resolution, creativity and community. The exhibition is to be like a giant, walk in cabinet of curiosities as the work displayed will be varied, wonderful and weird as The Plane Invasion across all disciplines, evading singular interpretation, strengthening the concept of a celebration of life and all art forms.