An Instructional – Tour
Norway, United Kingdom, Slovak Republic, Germany, Ireland and USA
June – November 2010
“Manufactured objects raised to the dignity of works of art through the choice of the artist.” Breton
“An Instructional’ was MART’s first large travelling show devised around the ‘Readymade’ approach to art making. We invited artists to submit proposals of work that work uses materials, object’s and concepts influenced by the readymade and re-constructible. Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, ‘The Instructional’ aim’s to re-invent the exhibition format with a unique interplay between artist, curator and artwork, challenging each role.
Mart has collated a dynamic collection of Video, Installation, Sound & Performance Visual Art work from contemporary Irish, British, European & North American Artists for ‘The Instructional’ Tour.
MART now has developed an extensive network of connections with contemporary visual art spaces globally and is bringing this inventive travelling show of Artists, all of whom have achieved individual success, to galleries across Europe and North America.
Galleries: Entree (Bergen, Norway), Shunt (London, England), Space (Bratislava, Slovak Republic), Stattbad (Berlin, Germany), Molesworth Gallery (Dublin, Ireland), The Lewis Art Gallery (Jackson, Mississippi, USA).
Artists: Barry Hughes, Darragh O’Callaghan, David Buckley, Emanuel Ross, Malina Cailan, Mischa Twitchin, Nicky Larkin, Peta Adderley, Ruth Le Gear, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Aine Phillips, Ane Sagatun, Alison Slack, Cian McConn, Eve Vaughan, Joan Healy, Lousice Ward, Katherine Nolan, Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar De Carmen, Rose Mburu, Adam Gibney, Chris Johnsen, Oyvind Neass, Ciara Scanlan, Clodagh Lavelle, Colleen Keough, Debbie Jenkinson, Eleanor Lawler, Emma Wade, Ivan Twohig, James L. Hayes, Jim Ricks, Matthew Nevin, Noel Molloy, Sabina Mac Mahon, Sofie Losher and Stephen Woods.
This Tour was kindly supported by Culture Ireland.
For the US leg of the tour, MART is sponsored in part by an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Initiative for Fine Arts Collaborations at Millsaps College.
‘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.