Julie Merriman & Marcel Broodthaers

This exhibition brought together drawings by the Irish artist Julie Merriman and an installation by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-76).

Julie Merriman’s work is centred in her exploration of drawing as a form of communication. Working from archival material she investigates the drawing of specialist’s fields including historic and contemporary architecture, engineering, science, cartography and mathematics to understand how drawing works as a technology to impart specific information.

Marcel Broodthaers' slide projection Bateau Tableau, (1973) is based on the anonymous 19th century painting bought by Broodthaers in a curiosity shop. Using a camera, the artist subjected the painting to a teasing analysis, shifting the focus from details to the overall image, mirroring the viewer's own act of perception while looking at a work of art.

Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) was a Belgian poet, photographer, film-maker and influential conceptual artist. His work is included in many museum collections around the world including Tate, London and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Julie Merriman (b. 1963) graduated with an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT in 2009. Merriman and has participated in numerous exhibitions, residencies and symposiums in Ireland and the UK.