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The Hang Tough Gallery is delighted to present Idle Topography, Linda Brownlee’s first solo exhibition in the gallery.
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 unraveling 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 the environment, her images amplifying 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, and on this occasion considered 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. 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 in the mountain town of Gangi.