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‘Activating Pangea’ – World Art Day Festival

April 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

‘Activating Pangea’ – Preview @ Los Angeles’ Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk’s World Art Day Festival

‘Activating Pangea’ is a 3 year series of exhibitions produced by MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan {www.mart.ie}, showcasing leading Irish Contemporary Visual Artists and kindly supported by Culture Ireland.

MART will preview works on April 14th at 6pm as part of Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk’s World Art Day Festival, followed by a launch event at DAC Gallery {www.dacgallery.com} on April 16th 2016 at 12pm, the curators will present work by Margaret O’Brien, Sofie Loscher, Gearoid O’Dea & Jonathan Mayhew.

‘Activating Pangea – Phase 1’, the first in the exhibition series, seeks to activate Pangea, an imagining of our pre-human world without borders, without physical and cultural barriers that prevent new ways of being and thinking. As a reflection on how we understand our own identity,  geopolitics  and culture over time and space, the artworks transverse and negotiate real and imagined places in a global context.Margaret O’Brien’s detailed, obsessive pattern making reflects on The relationship of the self to time and space through repetition. This is explored through very particular practices of repetition that creates both movement and stoppage within the experience of the work by continuously presenting the possibility of an alternative.”

As the artists create imagined spaces and show us a world that can never exist, they present a reality through a twisted and subverted looking-glass, creating work that can exaggerate and distort reality. Mayhew states “We are not just formed simply through identity but at deeper levels of desire and motivation, and that often we are shaped by many contradictory influences. I am interested in these moments when the edges blur and when ideas of ourselves along with the world around us are ruptured.

This to me is not a failure but more a gap where something new is possible” Monitoring the tension created by globalised movement, politics and communication across place and national borders, has created both a crisis and a critical rethinking of cultural identity. And yet recent anxieties emerging in the context of an immigration crisis in europe and the middle east, have seen the tightening of national boundaries and highlighting a new visibility on the tension of prejudice amongst the real and our imagined world.

Sofie Loscher’s work highlights these tensions by describing “how visibility works; in an attempt to redirect the viewer’s attention away from the object and towards the process of perception. It makes connections between the physical world and the visual world, exploring issues of visibility, stability, perception and contradiction.”. Through these perceptions we begin to negate our own genetic codes and cultural inscriptions we each hold. As the world changes around us our own identity transforms through time, making our comprehension of culture problematic, specifically the ability to hold on to any individual identity. O’Dea suggests creating “visual rounds of time as a means of personal narrative and self-actualisation” as a form reference to understand our unique set of characteristics, qualities and features. We propose this first exhibition to be the catalyst of our investigation into our past – to reactivate Pangea.  

As a curatorial partnership Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan have curated exhibitions across Ireland, UK, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Japan, Jackson Mississipi, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles.   The curators established and run the successful MART gallery housed in the old fire station in Rathmines, Dublin and provide studios for over 100+ artists and designers occupying 7 studio buildings. www.mart.ie


April 14, 2016
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


MALDEF Building,
634 S Spring St #1100,
Los Angeles, CA 90014, United States
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