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Bren Smyth: The Substance of Things @ Pallas Projects

Sue Rainsford was commissioned to write a text accompanying Bren Smyth’s solo exhibition, The Substance of Things, at Pallas Projects, 26th July - 4th August 2018.

Read an excerpt below:

A mark signifies its own occurrence, as well as the content it carries.


It may be

immediate and



extrapolative and expressive.


Sometimes, a mark will bely an economy of precision, and at others it will engender excess; the point at which something gathered and accumulated, and began to overflow.

The mark can speak, in short, to both abundance and reduction,

to what is instantaneous and what is durational,

to what will expire, and to

what will endure.

Sue Rainsford