Exhibition Run: until Sunday 1st October 2017
Venue : Powerscourt Townhouse Gallery, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2
Stephen Tierney’s exhibition, Landscapes of War, is war photography with a difference. A series of black & white and colour photographs exploring the collecting and archiving of war memorabilia will be exhibited until Sunday 1st October at Powerscourt Townhouse Gallery.
Creating Landscapes of War, photographer and architect Stephen Tierney used both old WWll aerial reconnaissance lenses and contemporary digital methods to document part of the remarkable Casey family’s multi-generational tradition of collecting militaria. Their family home on Fishamble street, one of the oldest houses in Dublin, is the site of a collection representing a pre-second world war notion of celebrating the honour of military service; the colours, regiments, histories, sacrifices and characters associated with military tradition.
Choosing from among the collection’s 50 cannonballs, Tierney photographed these unique spheres that span more than two centuries of cannon warfare – from the Siege of Waterford to the Crimean War; including projectiles from the Battle of Waterloo and the American Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg. Depending on how they were made, and the environment in which they have aged, they have all weathered differently; in detail they become visually landscapes of war, partly iron, partly battlefield.
Stephen Tierney studied Art History and History at UCD and Rome before Architecture at University College London and in Los Angeles. Landscapes of War is his third project that examines aspects of collecting and archiving. Stephen shares an architecture and landscape design practice with his wife Nicola – Tierney Haines Architects.