MART at ART MARKET BUDAPEST 2017
Thurs 12th October – Sunday 15th October 2017
Millenaris Cultural and Convention Centre, Building B,
Budapest, Kis Rókus u., 1024 Hungary
MART Gallery are delighted to announce our participation in Art Market Budapest from 12th – 15th October 2017, where we will be presenting the work of three of our represented artists James L Hayes, Jane Fogarty and David Lunney.
Art Market Budapest is Eastern Europe’s leading international art fair – it thought provokingly combines inspiring artistic content originating from the now emerging regions in and beyond Europe. The fair presents 40 galleries among which MART are the only Irish representation. Art Market Budapest extends into Art Week Budapest which includes a series of related events, programs, discussions and workshops with the participation of many cultural communities.
James L Hayes is an Irish artist based in Cork. His predominantly sculptural practice also encompasses multi-disciplinary and sensory based sculptural installations. James Hayes’ current work and research practice reinvests a modernist sculptural language. Recent projects use methods of artistic production as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object in order to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects.
This research-based practice has an art historical agenda, referencing key creative influences such as the celebrated Welsh artist Barry Flanagan. Broader research interests range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.
He exhibits his works nationally and internationally whilst also developing large-scale public art commissions and site-specific projects. James L Hayes has been awarded numerous awards and grants to support his practice and is the principal lecturer in Sculpture at the Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland.
Jane Fogarty is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Painting and it’s ontology are central to her creative process and the rationale of her work. She is interested in the various ways in which we interpret and understand the passing of time and how this translates into visual language. Analogous to time, a painting can be interpreted as an accumulation of moments. Though her work is an exploration of painting, her artistic output has for the most part been sculptural.
Working in three-dimensions allows Fogarty to explore the individual components of a painting. These include surface, support, structure, materiality, time, composition and colour. She often applies creative parameters to her work, these can be temporal, material or conceptual prerequisites. Within her output individual components create a larger narrative. The finished works are physical manifestations of the artistic decision making process. She avoids illusion and illustration within her paintings and works in a completely abstract fashion. Positioning such works in a contemporary context demands the viewer to resist associations. Viewers are forced to focus on the real, tangible object confronting them
Jane Fogarty has been included in many national and international exhibitions including three solo exhibitions, her work is part of the Irish state art collection of the OPW.
David Lunney is an Irish artist based in Dublin. His artistic practice involves the undertaking of protracted art processes. Typically, these processes start with the construction of site-specific sculptural works in The Dublin Mountains and other rural areas in Ireland. These sculptures are generally created less for their inherent value but rather to provide photographic source material for documentary artworks.
The resulting documentary artworks can take the form of photographs, drawings or prints. These images are manipulated, framed and presented in a fashion which intentionally obscures and embellishes the original subject and moment that they represent.
In these artworks, it is often the relationship between representational imagery and its surrounding abstract visual information from which the concept and process behind the work can be discerned. The works have a self-contained narrative; the concept and the material process are intrinsically linked in the artworks discussion of its provenance.
MART is an artist-led, self sustaining organisation established for the development and promotion of contemporary art. Founded in 2007 by curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, MART is the largest artist studio provider in Dublin supporting over 120 members in 8 studio buildings. MART Gallery was established in 2013 in an old firestation in Rathmines on the outskirts of Dublin city centre as a new exhibition space for contemporary art in Ireland. MART Gallery supports sculpture, painting, video, new media, installation and performance, in particular art making practices that break new ground and challenge conventions.
Our aim at Art Market Budapest is to establish experimental Irish contemporary art as a visible, vibrant and progressive contributor to the international art scene and to establish Irish experimental art within the commercial scene of galleries & collectors.
The exhibition of artwork at Art Market Budapest is curated by MART Gallery Manager Deirdre Morrissey.
Echo Chamber – EUCIDA 2017 Exhibition
Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes | Latvia: 9th June – 31st August 2017
RUA RED | Ireland: 16th June – 5th August 2017
Gantner Multimedia Space | France: 24th June – 22nd July 2017
European Connections in Digital Arts / EUCIDA is a 3 year project funded by Creative Europe led by RUA RED Ireland in partnership Gantner Multimedia Space, France and Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes, Latvia. The Project aspires to work collaboratively while demonstrating innovation and high standards contributing to making the Digital Arts sector highly visible internationally.
“an echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission and repetition inside an “enclosed” system, where different or competing views are censored, disallowed, or otherwise underrepresented.”[link]
As a curatorial platform for creation of new work, Echo Chamber has encouraged the dialogue of art and technology as a means of sharing experience and creative practice. Exhibiting simultaneously across Ireland, Latvia and France it showcases six contemporary visual artists, two from each of the host countries, whose practice is rooted in various aspects of digital technology.
Its primary aim to create an accessible conversation and debate between the digital arts, technology, politics, culture and society in an accessible way to a European wide public. The three parallel exhibitions, which mirror each other, will analyse how culture, politics and socio-economical issues are bounced around, applauded, and never truly open within one’s own Echo Chamber; i.e colleagues, friends, families etc.
The exhibitions provide a platform for the artists to push conversation beyond the normal realms of an art audience or local groups, to a further international and trans European audience. By encouraging participating artists to explore and reinvent material, technologies and methodologies, Matthew Nevin, the curator, has worked alongside the artists to re/produce work that can provoke the limitations of the ‘Echo Chamber of the normal gallery environment, into producing powerful, informative and experimental new work to a wider audience.
These artists, often working as the mirror for society, will create new dialogues that challenge conventional views on politics and culture; pushing for examination of our preconceived expectations of what is contemporary art and its relevance to the society we live in. The curator has 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 through technology.
Helen Mac Mahon, who creates artwork through experimentation and investigation into the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space, has produced ‘Mirror Affect’ an interactive piece playing with the mirrored image using a combination of everyday objects and live digital technology.
Jeanne Briand forges links with new technology and craftsmanship to create beautiful sculptural pieces that reference fantasy and trans-aesthetics. Briand’s ‘Gamete Glass’ propose a new form of life, and the origin of the sounds they emit serves to raise questions in the viewer’s mind about the artifice or real existence of the animated forms.
Fabien Leaustic creates sculptural work which while physical has an ephemeral aesthetic. Leaustic’s work ‘Hello World’ activated by the presence of the visitor disturbs our interpretation of our world, evoking an emotional response juggling a naive optimism and a dark poetic duality that defines us.
Rasa Smite is an artist, network researcher and cultural innovator, working with science and emerging media technologies. Smite’s artwork ‘Talk to Me’ is a human-plant communication interface, through which people were asked to send encouraging messages via text & social media to the growing plants, “equipped” with web-cam, wi-fi and loudspeakers.
Adam Gibney’s artwork is generally realised through sculpture, installation, sound and video. ‘Conundrum 8: I am somewhere between we and they’ questions the political and personal use of pronouns. Playing a key role in the construction of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’, pronouns help toward the creation and division of societies.
Paula Vitola works through media art & archeology, researching relationships between human and technology. Her work encompasses experimenting with technology and nature, programming and gadget-hacking.