Kevin Gallagher
‘‘‘The Ecstasy of Absence’’’
The Bookstore Project, Ernest Staesstraat 1, Amsterdam,
evening till sunrise 7pm

Taking Yves Klein’s Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility as a reference point, The Ecstasy of Absence is a performance of disco lights in multiple vacant storefronts around Amsterdam. Running from dusk until dawn, these works aim to subtly highlight the void created by recent societal and economic circumstances. Over the course of the exhibition, the performance will traverse the city and will be customized to each storefront it inhabits on the select nights it occurs.



Images: Kevin Gallagher, The Ecstasy of Absence, 2012, photos by Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk


Most of Gallagher's works attempt to forge new relationships to the concept of authorship by accommodating for the unpredictability of the social. There are two ways he invests energy into these fields: one is by assuming the role of the choreographer and proposing speculative models for exchange, the second and often simultaneous position is that of a participant in the shaping and activation of other “choreographic” models. In both instances, either on a platform Gallagher constructs or a platform he inhabits, the net that he build or the net he throws himself into, there is always an attempt to create something that does not end when he leaves it, but lives and breaths through a reinvigoration and reincorporation into various modalities and contexts. For Gallagher, this act of movement - essentially the idea that nothing is ever finished but always an ongoing process - opens a space for new thought, it opens up a territory, a territory similar to a non site or an interzone, for him this is the politics of inbetweeness. Gallagher's current research interests involve the exploration into zones of indeterminacy and their relationship to the concept of ownership.


Kevin Gallagher (1986, USA) lives and works in Rotterdam. He is currently pursuing his M.A. Fine Arts at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and completed his B.A at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago in 2009.