FW75: Exhibition Clinton Cahill's Illuminating the Wake

The James Joyce Centre in association with Darc Space Gallery

with the support of Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

proudly presents:

Clinton Cahill’s

Illuminating the Wake

An Exhibition of Drawings, Prints, Paintings & Bookworks

7 May – 16 June 2014
Darc Space Gallery, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1


Artist Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating the Wake features a selection of images in the form of mappings, drawings, prints, paintings and bookwork made in response to Finnegans Wake since the mid-nineties.  Some of the works are singular and respond directly and intuitively to specific aspects of the text, others result from more systematic, close reading and drawing responses, working through the text page by page.  The use of diverse media reflects the artist’s attempts to envision some of the different attributes and qualities in Joyce’s profoundly experimental language.  The exhibition is designed to make visible the process of reading-through-drawing and to foreground the pleasure to be had from imaginative immersion in the Wake.  Clinton’s vision is to encourage new readers to ‘take the plunge’ and stay with the book, though it may take a few attempts to get the hang of it!  As Clinton says, “It is important to make the book one’s own and value the personal interpretation as much as the academic explanation; above all to enjoy the effect of the text on the imagination. It really is quite unlike any other novel.”

Clinton Cahill is an artist and senior lecturer in Design at Manchester School of Art. His creative practice incorporates painting, illustration and graphic design.  He has an interest in the relationships between image, text and illustration and the phenomenology of image, particularly in relation to drawing.  He is currently undertaking PhD study into visuality in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake through processes of visual adaptation.


Illuminating the Wake will open on Wednesday 7 May at 6pm. The artist will be present and there will be a small reception.

Darc Space Gallery, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 12-3pm