Lost in a Ceo
6 July–30 October 2022
“I am lost, I’m lost in a ceo – a mist – on the side of a hill on an Blascaod Mór….”.
Artist Gary Coyle’s Lost in a Ceo is a contemporary echo of MoLI’s Into the Island exhibition – Coyle’s installation is his own beautiful, and personal, meditation on the legacy of Peig Sayers and the Blasket storytelling tradition. Combining drawing, film and spoken word, Lost in Ceo considers the lives of the Blasket Islanders; the experience of Sayers’ autobiography for generations of Irish children; and teases out the concept of “Irishness”.
Commissioned by MoLI with funds provided by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
A graduate of NCAD, Dublin, and the RCA, London, Gary Coyle was elected a member of the RHA in 2007 and Aosdana in 2009. His work embraces various media, including drawing, photography and spoken word/performance. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally. Recent group shows include Joyce In Art, MHKA, Antwerp, 2018; Post Picturesque, Photographing Ireland, Perlman Museum Minnesota, USA, 2017; 2116: Forecast of the Next Century, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, and Broad Museum, Michigan State University, 2016; Second Look, David Kronn Collection; and IMMA, Dublin, 2014. In 2018, he wrote and performed a one man spoken word show My Magnetic North at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. His most recent exhibition Dreaming Different Dreams was held in the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin in March 2020.