Activating Pangea



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DAC Gallery, Los Angeles

April 2016 

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

This first exhibition in the 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. ‘Activating Pangea’ will showcase artwork reflecting on geopolitics and how we understand our own identity and culture over time and space, as we transverse and negotiate real and imagined places in a global context.  Artists create imagined spaces and show us a world that can never exist, it is their role to present reality through a twisted and subverted looking-glass. Imagined places can exaggerate and distort reality; the experience of being in places we have pre-conceived seems to force a new reality upon us.

Globalisation, and increased movement 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. The exhibition series will see artists produce work that reflects on how diaspora and migration, the movement of people and cultures across space, has the ability to question fixed ideas of identity.  

Though genetic codes and their cultural inscriptions each person takes their ‘brand’ wherever they go. And yet our experiences of our own identity as we age over time, can make it problematic to hold on to a persistent identity; our understanding of a unique set of characteristics, qualities and features that make us who we are. In particular they will reflect on experiences of Irish Cultural Identity and Diaspora.

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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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