Sean Lynch: DeLorean Progress Report, Ronchini Gallery, 3 – 27 June 2015

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Sean Lynch: DeLorean Progress Report, Ronchini Gallery, 3 – 27 June 2015

22 Dering Street,
London W1S 1AN
United Kingdom
June 3rd, 2015 - June 27th, 2015
Opening: June 2nd, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

. +44 (0)20 7629 9188
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, 10 October - 24 November 2012
photography, mixed-media, installation


Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present DeLorean Progress Report, a solo exhibition by Irish
artist Sean Lynch. The exhibition is comprised of photographs and installations that take as a
starting point the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry, outside Belfast, from
Lynch’s practice positions him somewhere between artist and storyteller. He
ethnographically reveals unwritten stories and forgotten histories, extracting alternative
readings of place, events and artefacts through his work. Lynch explains:
A story can be told and described many times, and it begins to narrow down to a particular
narrative and content. I am often drawn in to loose ends and footnotes that occur during this
In 1982, John DeLorean was arrested in Los Angeles for alleged drug possession and while
cleared of charges and judged a victim of FBI entrapment, the incident meant the effective
end of his fledgling sports-car factory. With substantial investment from the British
government, DeLorean had created a new car and employed over 2,600 workers. Technical
flaws during car production, poor sales in the United States and an upcoming criminal trial
all contributed to bankruptcy and closure of the factory after less than two years of
operation. Despite such obstacles, the car became an icon of the1980s, functioning as a time
machine in the movie Back to the Future. Today, enthusiasts worldwide maintain and drive
the vehicle.
The events around DeLorean’s demise attracted significant media attention and were well
known, however, Lynch took interest in the lesser known story of how the actual production
of the car wound down in the subsequent aftermath. In the exhibition, a series of
photographs trace a path taken to seek out and find the location of the tooling once used to 

make the body of the car, essentially the formgivers that gave DeLorean its famous profile.
The tooling, consisting of large metal casts, was sold off and dispersed to scrapyards
throughout Ireland. It was rumoured that some sections were purchased by fishermen to be
reused as anchors. Lynch located them at the bottom of Galway Bay, where crabs and
lobsters now live in the coral around the nooks and shapes that once pressed out stainless
steel panels of the car’s exterior. Also presented in the exhibition are re-produced sections
of a DeLorean car created by handmade rather than industrial means.
Sean Lynch (b.1978, Kerry, Ireland) lives in London and Askeaton, Limerick. He is
representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015. He studied fine art at the Stadelschule,
Frankfurt am Main. He has recently held solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford and Dublin
City Gallery The Hugh Lane. His artworks have been exhibited at the Camden Arts Centre,
London, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Frankfurter
Kunstverein,Frankfurt am Main.

Exhibition: Sean Lynch: DeLorean Progress Report
Dates: 3 – 27 June 2015
Opening reception: 2 June 2015, 6 – 8PM
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 11AM – 5PM
Location: 22 Dering Street, London W1S 1AN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 9188

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