Activating Pangea: Destroy These Walls



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Opens: July 8th @ 6pm – 9pm with Live Performances @ 7pm

Runs to: JULY 8TH – AUGUST 5TH

Location: Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405

Artists: Margaret O’Brien, James L Hayes, Steven Maybury, Katherine Nolan, Terence Erraught.

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Video Walkthrough

The MART Gallery curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan are delighted to invite you to the preview of Activating Pangea: Destroy These Walls at 6pm on July 8th at Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

Featuring new work from leading Irish contemporary visual artists, including live performances on the night by Cindy Rehm, Terence Erraught, Katherine Nolan, Thinh Nguyen, Meital Yaniv.

For the third exhibition in the Activating Pangea series Destroy These Walls, curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of The MART Gallery Dublin Ireland, have curated a selection of artists to work under the parameters of risk, political agitation and ephemerality. Highlighting this impermanence any of the artworks which are not sold during the exhibition will be destroyed after closing. By encouraging participating artists to explore and reinvent material, technologies and methodologies, the curators have pushed for work that can provoke the limitations of the gallery environment, producing powerful, informative and experimental new work.

The curators encouraged the artists to be reactionary and politically engaged in their approach to their practice and tease out new radical ways of viewing and perceiving their art works. “There is something real in the illusion, more real than in the reality behind it” – Slavoj Žižek. This illusion acts as the power of the artist to present a world through an altered focus, to show the viewer aspects of the world that are warped and exposed. The artist – often working as the mirror for society – creates new dialogues that challenge conventional views on politics and culture, pushing for examination on our preconceived expectations of what contemporary art is and what relevance it has for the society we live in.

James L Hayes draws upon the material residues and traces of history, with interest in sites that possess a specific or significant history. Katherine Nolan explores tensions between the experiential and spectacular body. Margaret O’Brien’s work inhabits critical spaces of failure, malfunction, and slippage, and is explored through relationships between artist’s research, practice and outcome. Steven Maybury appropriates found and sourced materials to be re-contextualised, and looks to defuse our obsession with archiving, security, permanency and preservation. Terence Erraught’s practice encompasses predominantly digital video, video installation and performative events with areas of exploration which include humour, everyday absurdities, site specific engagement and the incorporation of domestic objects.

‘Activating Pangea’ is three year series of exhibitions curated by MART {Dublin}, who will work with Los Angeles based galleries and art fairs to strategically promote leading Irish Contemporary Visual Artists.

Kindly Supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland. Special Thank You to Arena 1 Gallery & Santa Monica Art Studios.

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Performance Poster - Arena 1 - Destroy These Walls




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Activating Pangea: The Voyage




‘Activating Pangea: The Voyage’

Nov 5th – Dec 4th 2016

CB1 Gallery Los Angeles 

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’.

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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.

Download the Exhibition Handout Here for full details.

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