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Eames Studio Limerick, OPEN ev+a 2009
'One of the most ambitious installations is Eamon O’Kane’s Eames Studio Limerick , a really impressive work that takes its starting point from the fact that the great designer Charles Eames’s grandfather emigrated from Limerick to American in the mid-1700s. O'Kane’s model of Eames’s studio and house has a playroom quality that leads to the other part of his installation, which is itself a playroom, in recognition of the fact that Eames, and Frank Lloyd Wright, were educated using the Froebel method of teaching with blocks and shapes, liberally available for use in the installation.'
Aidan Dunne, 'Scanning the urban terrain' Irish Times, Thursday, March 26, 2009
'Eames Studio Limerick' OPEN ev+a 2009 'Reading the City'
Curated by Angelika Nollert (Director of the New Museum for Art and Design, Nurenberg) and Yilmaz Dziewior (Former Director of the Kunstverein, Hamburg), Limerick City Gallery of Art,
OPEN e v+ a 2009: 14 March - 24 May.
The installation is supported by The Eames Foundation and sponsored by SINA, Germany.
'The Eames Studio Limerick' uses as a starting point the fact that Charles Eames's grandfather Henry Eames embarked from County Limerick for America in the mid 1700s. The installation involves constructing a scale model of a hybrid of the Eames Studio and House using a wooden structure covered in paper. The structure is split into two spaces, an archive/viewing space and a workshop/studio. In keeping with Charles and Ray Eames' ideologies and approach, the model of the Eames house/studio is a resource archive about the development of architecture and design from the 20th century to the present day.
The space is a reflective space for research discussion and contemplation. There is a comprehensive display on the work of the Eames's including screening of their films. Other architecture and design is also displayed both outlining the legacy of their practice and how architecture has developed since.
The workshop/studio performs a different function; it is used as a working studio where workshops are conducted for all ages. Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright (who was a great inspiration for Eames) both were educated using the Froebel method of teaching, which involved blocks in primary and essential shapes as early teaching tools. The space is an extremely accessible workspace for children where many toys, shapes and drawing tools are available for them to play with.
© Eamon O'Kane 2009