Corban Walker to Represent Ireland at Venice Biennale 2011
This is actually true.
News has just come out that the wildly talented, and personally delightful, Corban Walker has been selected to represent Ireland at Venice in 2011! From the Irish Times:
This is big news around our neck of the wood because not only has Joy Garnett include a stunningly gorgeous sculpture by Corban in our Curatorial Research Lab (see here for more info), but Emily-Jane is married to our own Jay Grimm!
Emily-Jane Kirwan, a director of The Pace Gallery in New York, has been appointed Irish commissioner for next year’s Venice Biennale. She has nominated sculptor Corban Walker as Ireland’s representative and the director of Lismore Castle Arts, Eamonn Maxwell, as the curator.
Walker, whose parents were the architect Robin Walker and the art critic Dorothy Walker, has been based in New York since 2005 and has been represented by The Pace Gallery since then.
He has built a substantial reputation for his sculptures and site-specific installations, often relating to architectural scale and spatial perception, and utilising such industrial and construction materials as steel, aluminium and glass.
It's a double reason to break out the Bushmills!
Congratulations to Corban and Emily-Jane!