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The Voyage @ CB1 Gallery

November 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - December 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, in support from Culture Ireland, are delighted to present ‘Activating Pangea: The Voyage’, an exhibition of leading Irish Visual Artists Brian Duggan & Adam Gibney in CB1 Gallery Los Angeles – Opening Nov 5th @ 3pm


Preview: Saturday November 5th @ 3pm

Runs to: December 4th

Open: Wed-Sat: 10 – 5pm   + Sun: 12 – 4pm

Address: CB1 Gallery, 1923 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021, United States.

‘Activating Pangea: The Voyage’

Dublin based curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART have embarked on a 3 year initiative to bring leading and emerging contemporary Irish art to Los Angeles through their series ‘Activating Pangea’.

This the second exhibition in the series titled ‘Activating Pangea: The Voyage’  showcases recent work by Irish Artists Brian Duggan and Adam Gibney. It reflects on geopolitics over time and space, as we transverse language and negotiate real and imagined places in a global context. The artworks crossing in the gallery are Adam Gibney’s ‘Euclid, I miss you…’ and Brian Duggan’s ‘A Cause for concern but not alarm’.

Gibney’s work targets the quest for certainty. He states, “Man has created an abstract language in Mathematics to convey underlying governing principles of our reality, and in so doing a platonic world is created. This world can often become difficult or impossible to  convey  in  everyday  language;  it  is  in  these  places  that  our  imagination  and perception are tested.” In this exhibition the points of which Gibney’s work targets reality, linguistics and technologies intermingle with the symbolic annotations of the everyday.

Duggan’s work is informed by the way in which we live now. Duggan’s work questions the aspirations and assumptions that are interlinked within the scientific and social framework of energy consumption and legacy planning. The systems in place are always evolving, attempting to catch up to an elusive plateau that is inherently unstable. Through the work presented here Duggan “plunges the viewer into a realm where seemingly casual navigation of space bespeaks chilling (hi)stories”

‘The Voyage’ allows the visitor to refocus their own experiences and memories through the interpretation and assimilation of language and analyse their own exploitative journeys through space and time. Focusing on the quest for answers of our own existence and our place within an imagined world without borders, without physical and cultural barriers, the exhibition suggests new ways of being and thinking, while investigating the conditions of concerning events and symbolics of reality.


The Curators: Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.

Since 2008, Dublin based curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan have sought to create opportunities by conceiving creative platforms to support artists from all stages of their careers to test new ground. As a curatorial partnership they have curated over 100 artists through several international exhibitions across Ireland, UK, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Japan, Jackson Mississipi, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles. In 2013 the curators launched The MART Gallery & Studios {Dublin, Ireland}; housing two large galleries in a renovated old fire station and have expanded their studio network to host over 120 members in seven studio buildings across Dublin.

Brian Duggan – www.brianduggan.net

Brian Duggan lives and works in Dublin. His work is included in the permanent collections of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, the OPW National Collection, Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He has undertaken residencies in ISCP New York, IMMA, CCI Paris, Braziers International, Project 304 Bangkok and Chiang Mai Thailand.  Selected recent solo exhibitions include: Ryou Un Maru, Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2016;  A cause for concern but not alarm, balzer projects, Basel, 2016:  The Last Day Diary Redux, balzer projects, Basel, 2015; The Last Day Diary, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 2015; We like it up here, it’s windy, really nice, ISCP, New York, 2013; They’ve tried everything to keep us from riding … in the end we always win, Limerick City Gallery, 2012;   Everything can be done, in principle, Visual, Carlow, 2012;  Three Lives, RUA RED, Dublin, 2012 ; It’s Too Late Now, Irish Museum of Modern Art, process room, Dublin 2011; O’Machine O’Machine, Fingal Sillouge Water Tower, Dublin, 2009;  Step inside now step inside, ‘The Golden Bough’ The Hugh Lane, Dublin, 2008; G126 and Pallas Heights in 2007. His work has been part of numerous group exhibitions including the Crawford Open, EVA International Biennial of Visual Art, Dublin Contemporary, Tulca and in 2016 will exhibit in Activating Pangea with MART in Los Angeles.

In Dublin he was the co-founder of Pallas Heights/Studios/Projects in Dublin from 1996 to 2009 with artists Mark Cullen and Gavin Murphy. In 2016/ 2017 he was selected by University College Dublin for a year long residency in the School of Science, UCD, Dublin. He has received several awards from Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland including a bursary award in 2016. His work is represented by balzer projects, Basel, Switzerland. He has presented solo presentations at Art Rotterdam, Art Brussels, Positions Berlin and will be in a two person presentation in Untitled in Miami in 2016.


Adam Gibney – www.adamgibney.com

Adam Gibney is a Dublin-based artist who graduated from IADT in 2010. He was the recipient of the IMOCA Graduate Award, the Aileen MacKeogh Award and the Siamsa   Tíre   Emerging   Artist   Award.   His   solo   exhibitions   include Limbo-­‐ Excavated (2011),  RE:definition (2012) ,   Exercises of an Audionaut (2014) and Euclid, I miss you…(2016). Other notable exhibitions include Futures (Royal Hibernian Academy, 2014), The Reverberatory (Queen Street Studios, 2013) and Around a Volta (Chateau de Servieres, 2011). His work has been exhibited across Europe and America. Most recently, Adam represented Ireland in the V Moscow Biennale for Young Art -­‐ Deep Inside. In 2014, Adam collaborated with actress Caitríona Ní Mhurchú on Eating Seals and Seagulls Eggs, which was shown at the Dublin Fringe Festival (Project Arts Centre) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (The Pleasance). Adam is currently a part-­‐time  Assistant Lecturer in Fine Art New Media in the School of Creative Arts at DIT Grangegorman.


November 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
December 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm


CB1 Gallery
1923 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021 United States
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