Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
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  • Jaki Irvine Review ~ Colin Perry

    Published in Frieze, April 2017

  • Jaki Irvine Review ~ Katie McCabe

    Published in Time Out, March 2017

    Related Exhibitions: Jaki Irvine: If the Ground Should Open…


    Published in Art in America, June 2014

    The power of music to inflect mood is the underlying subject of Jaki Irvine’s video Se compra: Sin é (2014), in which the artist conflates the musical traditions of her native Ireland with the sights and sounds of Mexico City, where she now spends much of her time. (The title comprises the Spanish for “purchased” and the Irish Gaelic for “that’s it.”) Projected onto a vast wall, it follows Mexican street vendors going about their daily rounds to the accompaniment of a plangent score composed by the artist that was inspired by Irish sean-nós, or “old style” singing. Occasionally, the action shifts from the bustling streets to a softly lit recording studio, where we encounter the musicians generating these emotive strains.

    Related Exhibitions: Jaki Irvine: This Thing Echoes

  • Jaki Irvine: This Thing Echoes ~ Gabriel Coxhead

    Published in Time Out, 23 January 2014

    Sadness is an overlooked emotion in contemporary art, but if anything deserves to be called truly sad, it’s Jaki Irvine’s latest film ‘Se compra: Sin é’. Partly, the feeling comes from the powerfully lugubrious music, the gradual building of which is what the Irish artist’s video is all about. Filmed in Mexico City, it begins with lone street traders crying out in plaintive, sing-song voices, announcing their wares for sale. Next, an Irish folk singer and stringed instruments – filmed in the more salubrious environment of a professional recording studio – start up, while subsequent street scenes bring in more sounds. You’ll hear garbage collectors, itinerant knife whetters, steam hissing from mobile plantain ovens, accompanied by a haunting Irish folk ballad. Everything coalesces into a wonderfully immersive, deeply melancholy medley.

    Related Exhibitions: Jaki Irvine: This Thing Echoes

  • Jaki Irvine

    Published in KultureFlash, April 2010

    The looping and layering organise casually produced sounds into an intimate arrangement, which mimics a piece of scored music. An engrossing meditation on process, privacy, performance and repetition, the work also establishes subtle experiential relationships between image, object and sound

    Related Exhibitions: Jaki Irvine: Seven Folds in Time

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