Yelverton Freeman | Kate McElroy | Ciaran Nash | Isabella Walsh
The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Opening: Friday 18 November 2016, 6 – 8 pm
Runs: 18 – 26 November 2016 | Open Tuesday-Saturday 1-6pm
WeOccupySpace is a group show by Yelverton Freeman, Kate McElroy, Ciaran Nash and Isabella Walsh, four members of Occupy Space. Their work is drawn together with the idea of a journey, be it physical or psychological. Freeman and McElroy both express a personal psychological journey, using their work as a means of processing the fluidity of complex emotional states. Walsh documents a physical expedition that became as much a personal exploration. Reflecting on the ecological degradation she witnessed and developing her findings has set her on a new path. Nash responds to a series of political events, a societal journey, questioning the limitations of individual agency and the diminishing ability of grassroots movements to affect change. Walsh and Freeman have also begun a collaborative project based on their recent traverse of the USA, she from South to North and he from East to West. They exchange information through a series of whimsical and probing questions to form the basis of further work.
Occupy Space itself is an ever-changing and evolving entity. It was founded as an artist led gallery in 2009 as a response to the lack of exhibition spaces available in Limerick City at the time. With the loss of their Creative Limerick premises in 2012 the team continued to deliver their exhibition programme in a nomadic capacity, moving from place to place and adjusting to each new set of circumstances. Following the exhibition This Forever [together we raised some hell] (2015) the group decided to change their focus from delivery of an exhibition programme to that of an artists’ collective. With the founding of Occupy Space – Seattle by Freeman in 2016 it has become an international organisation, expanding the potential for collaboration and exchange.
Over the last year the collective has developed a relationship of mutual support by holding regular Skype meetings and group messaging. This has helped to establish new connections and perspectives, to form new meanings in their work. The new level of collaboration and critique between them has served to strengthen their independent artistic practices.
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