MART at Art Market Budapest
October 11 – 14 2018
Curated by Deirdre Morrissey
For Art Market Budapest 2018 MART has selected four Irish artists at different stages of their professional careers working across painting, drawing and sculpture whose work takes innovative approaches to traditional media. The exhibition of the artists work at Art Market Budapest is driven by a three pronged curatorial objective aimed at: widening access to the artists individual practices, driving sales, and promoting MART Gallery as a dynamic platform for visual art in Ireland.
James L Hayes‘ art practice is multi-faceted but rooted in sculpture. His work aims to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects.
Shane Berkery is a young emerging artist who is fast developing a following of collectors of his beautiful paintings. Shortlisted for the prestigious National Gallery of Ireland Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2017 he was winner of the RHA Hennessy-Craig Award and RHA Whytes Award in 2016.
Steven Maybury’s practice is primarily concerned with drawing although often develops into sculptures and installations. His work has been purchased for the OPW state collection and has been sold to private collectors in Ireland, England, Switzerland, Spain, USA and Canada.
Niamh Hannaford uses her work to explore her inner fears with a playful curiosity. Still, she is constantly terrified. With her background in metalwork, B.A in Metal work National College of Art and Design 2010, Niamh Hannaford now primarily focuses on her painting practice. Her work focus on aspects of play with the aim to create a feeling reminiscent of childhood wonder and curiosity.
ART MARKET BUDAPEST, the international art fair established in 2011 presents a unique artistic composition in a vibrant and exciting region and in one of the culturally most attractive cities in Europe, that gives an emphasised presence to fresh and inspiring galleries and artists including the now emerging stars of the future, and places new artistic inspirations in the focus.
‘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.