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Without A Future – Margaret O’Brien

October 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - October 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Without A Future – Margaret O’Brien

Curated by Matthew Nevin

Opening Reception Thursday October 1st @ 6pm

Runs: October 2nd – 24th. Open 1-6pm [closed Sundays]

The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Rd Lower. www.mart.ie


Margaret O’Brien works primarily with installation and sculpture using a variety of materials such as electrical currents, live sound, light, and kinetics. Her work explores the nature of the in-between as psychological aspects of the everyday that can never be fully understood or articulated, and our individual negotiations of time and space within this. Using particular practices of repetition, non-linear concepts of time and space are presented in the work as past, present and future dimensions occur almost simultaneously through the consistency of the repeat. Here, repetition is used to undermine any fixed reading of the work, creating both movement and stoppage by continuously presenting the possibility of an alternative.

O’Brien’s approach is not prescriptive, and embraces an experimental use of materials that disturb a pre-existing or familiar relationship to the object. With strong sensitivities to site and context, she develops immersive installation as a means of connecting materially, physically and psychologically to a space, whilst challenging passive modes of viewing. She draws on the physical and psychological relationship of the self or viewer to the environment and manipulates the psyche in an immediate, involuntary response to the work. The precarious nature of many of the works suggests a real risk of failure or breakdown through their very manufacture. This is an intentional critical space within her practice that is explored through both the engineering and positioning of works. Within this, the nature of sculpture as something changing and unfixed is also explored.

Gallery 1:

Without a Future is an ongoing research work that develops live electrical current as sculptural form. Commissioning electrical current in this way is in keeping with O’Brien’s experimental approach to form and materials. Its precarious nature explores ideas of sculpture and art practice as mobile, unfixed and in flux, something fleeting and unsustainable. Originally sited as a temporary outdoor installation, It connects on a fundamental level to relationships between site and subject, context and environment, wherein the activity of the electrons is visibly vulnerable to the climatic conditions of its given space from one moment to the next. The conditions of its being waver from sympathetic to hostile with the smallest breeze, with a slight change in humidity, or a rise or drop in temperature, evidenced by the constant colour change ranging from dullest red to brightest orange.

Gallery 2:

Othering continues with this research through an inventive sculptural installation with kinetics and live sound. To ‘other’, or othering (verb), is a key concept in Continental philosophy, and opposes concepts of Same. The Other refers, or attempts to refer to that which is other than the self, that which is different. Othering helps distinguish between internal and external, between home and away, the certain or uncertain, the physical and psychological. Using non-traditional materials, O’Brien’s Othering makes manifest intangible but critical aspects of the work including sound and visual elements from live electrical circuits.


October 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
October 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm


190a Rathmines Road Lower
Dublin, Ireland
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