Dan McDermott – The Lumière Project

6 - 22 September 2013

McDermott is a painter of the overlooked. The painter’s extensive body of work is drawn from an expanding archive of images, frozen frames from film and television, emotionally resonant from their entrapment within the decades in which they were born and forgotten. The resulting image often seems familiar but its references are evasive, creating a sense of déjà vu, and investigating the ways in which individual significance is forged and shaped by Type.

The Lumière Project is an on-going investigation that started in 2010 and consists of paintings, photographs, prints, and moving image. All the work is based on a common source – photographic frames taken from one of the earliest examples of cinema ‒ The Lumière Brothers’ Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat, 1895. This short piece of film lasting less than one minute shows a train pulling into a station in France and people entering and alighting. McDermott is interested in what could be called the “present moment-ness” of these past events captured on film.

This piece is one of a number of works in which McDermott investigate a specific idea of time attempting to reveal a paradox with which we all live on a daily basis ‒ the paradox of the present moment.

The true nature of the ‘present’ is described by the French philosopher Henri Bergson as ‘duration’. The nature of the present is one of continuous change. It can be seen as “pure becoming”, which is to say that, at every single instant, it is outside of itself as it becomes past.

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Dan McDermott