Each year Bloc Projects commissions a series of artists to takeover the billboard on the Eyre Street side of the gallery. First up for 2020 it's artist Robin Waart.
For his Bloc Billboard Commission, Robin Waart will be presenting an iteration of his work Evol/Love.
Evol – the word 'love' read backwards, with the sound of its antonym, evil – is a project in three parts by Waart: a sound installation, a publication, and a billboard series. The series connects 160 subtitles on love from the film still archive he has been amassing since 2007 – arranged in alphabetical order, from 'Love is where you find it' (A Date with Judy, 1948) to 'But even if it’s a little late, love has a way of coming back to you' (Yeonae/Love is a Crazy Thing, 2005).
Why do we watch movies? Why do we read books? To run away from the everyday, shield ourselves from overwhelming experiences, private and political drama? That is to say, as a form of escapism, amusement, fun? Or, the opposite: is it more useful to think of these arts as cathartic, Aristotelian immersions into types of theater that allow us to make sense of what is happening in the world around us, holding, as it were, “the mirror up to nature”?
Launch & performance
Friday 28 February, 7pm, free
Waart presents a reading to coincide with the opening of the Bloc Projects Members Show 2020. Prior to this iteration, an Evol/Love billboard can also be seen at Fluc in Vienna, where the text opens on Wednesday 12 February before continuing at Bloc Projects.