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The Existence Of Flamethrowers In Your Street


Martin Boyle | David Blandy | Anita Delaney | Iain Griffin | John Lawrence | John Macormac | Liliane Puthod | Atom Tick

24th April – 8th May 2015


“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves. You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not
close enough to get the job done.”

―George Carlin

Since its inception over twenty years ago, by a multidisciplinary group of artists, theatre makers, architects and educators, Catalyst Arts is one of the longest running artist ­led organisations in Ireland and the UK, committed to delivering a programme which embraces risk and expands beyond the gallery to provide innovative opportunities for artists.

In this show, Catalyst Arts extended the scope of their off-site ‘Garrincha’ project which further promotes the commissioning of new works of artistic merit by emerging artists with a non ­gallery-centred practice, for temporal and event based works.

The main show comprised of a two ­person exhibition in the 126 Gallery space by Martin Boyle and Lilianne Puthod, whose work excavates or activates commonplace aspects of the civic and urban landscape which have been ignored or overlooked in recent times as the sites for new interventions and dialogues. Following the opening of the exhibition on Friday 24th the audience were invited to an off­site, live event held at Áras na nGael that showcased a selection of video screenings, performance and music by artists from across Ireland and the UK.

Within this context of re-­interrogating conventional modes of artistic practice The Existence of Flamethrowers in your Street aims to continue Catalyst Arts commitment to providing opportunities for a range of multi­disciplinary activities both in the gallery framework and off­site.