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Linda Brownlee – Idle Typography

Taking her transitions between North Dublin’s suburbs and inner city as the subject matter for this ongoing body of work, Brownlee highlights the aesthetic promise in the everyday.  Her work delicately explores the intricate energy of the people and places onto which she stumbles. Gently unravelling visual spaces into select abstracted images, she attempts to organise and disorganise her surroundings.

The primary impulse behind this series of wanderings was a desire to confront, connect, orientate and occupy. Engaging in close studies, she moves and follows the aesthetic contours of her surroundings, reluctant to glamorise her subjects. With a tireless antenna for ambience, her images amplify the minutiae of found textures and patterns. 

Topography in this case refers to the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area.  Curious to how environments inhabit its locals, her lens studies how people and places are intricately puzzled together. Public spaces often embed underlying barriers; she pushes against the unseen discrimination of circulation through a uniquely female lens. Brownlee collaborated with designer Claire Huss on a concertina which will accompany this exhibition.

Linda Brownlee’s portrait, fashion and documentary work has appeared in galleries such as London’s National Portrait Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, the Yinka Shonibare Gallery, and the Gallery of Photography in Dublin. Her work has appeared regularly in publications such as Dazed & Confused, British Vogue, The New York Times, The Guardian and Telegraph magazines. Linda self-published her first photo book Achill in 2010, designed by Wayne Daly.  Her project Hydrangea Etc was published by design group AAD in 2014. Most recently, she collaborated with Aisling Farinella and Workgroup publishing I Zii, an intimate series which follows the landscape and lives of Farinella’s Sicilian family.

Runs until end of month.

Artist Talk with special guest on Friday September 20th 6.30pm



September 20, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hang Tough Gallery
25 Lennox St, Portobello
Dublin 8, Ireland

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