Deflated Capital II | Doireann Ní Ghrioghair



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Deflated Capital II | Doireann Ní Ghrioghair 

As part of the Fire Station Artists’ Studios & MART Gallery Exhibition Award 2017

Preview: 28 September from 6-8pm

Runs: 28 September – 26 October 

Open: 1-6pm Tuesday-Saturday

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Artist in Conversation

 

Ni Ghrioghair’s sculptural work takes its lead from monumental architecture in contemporary European cities; particularly London and Dublin. Through examining the materiality, form and aesthetics of these buildings, her work aims to probe at the psychological and physical consequences of this architecture for the individual in the city. Classical orders proliferate Western cities (and indeed beyond), imbuing buildings such as law courts, banks, government buildings and academic institutions with esteem and grandeur.

Despite being built since the 18th century, this ubiquitous style aims to cite antiquity, evincing a sense of timelessness and purity. Aesthetically, they function as signifiers of power and prestige. Ni Ghrioghair recognises them as architectural societal introjects, bestowing inherited values onto their denizens. However, as rehashed pastiches of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, she also views them as unreliable translations. A set of arbitrary aesthetics, removed from their original meaning, around which we twine the fictions of our contemporary life. For recent sculptures, she took latex casts of various architectural details of Dublin Castle. Normally these classical columns stand solid and erect. However, after the plaster is cast in an unsupported latex mould, the pillars became flaccid and deflated. While faded Georgian grandeur is particular to the history of Dublin, recent international political developments have also reminded us of the inevitable sunderance of empires. Aesthetics of permanence last longer than the power they aspire to represent.

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair (b. 1983) graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London in 2010. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Eight Gallery, Dublin (2016) and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork (2014).

She was selected four times to exhibit at Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (2017, 2015, 2013 & 2011 curated by Alison Wilding, Lisa Milroy, Ceri Hand and Phyllida Barlow respectively). Notable group exhibitions include I Am A Beautiful Monster, Arthouse1, London (2017); Tulca, The Headless City (2016) curated by Daniel Jewesbury; ARTWORKS, VISUAL, Carlow (2017 & 2016); Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016); After the Future, Eva Biennial (2012) in Limerick curated by Annie Fletcher. She was commissioned to create an installation, Beyond Excess, at Shunt, London Bridge (2011). She has received Arts Council of Ireland bursaries and was an award winner at Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsale Arts Festival (2013). She recently completed a long-term residency at Fire Station Artist Studios.

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House Gallery & Studios




 

46 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6


The twenty studios in MART's House Gallery & Studios are bespoke visual art Studios based in the landmark Georgian Home on the Rathmines Road. With large bright windows, high ceilings, and creative patchwork from years of renovations it really is an inspiring place to work.

Location

Rathmines Road Lower, a busy shopping street in the heart of Dublin 6. Located close to a range of cafes (Farmer Brown’s, 250 Square, Grove Road Cafe, Pot Bellied Pig, Starbucks), bars (Blackbird, The Bowery, Slattery's, Mother Reilly's), restaurants (Manifesto, Hey Donna, Umi), banks (Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, AIB), shops (Artmines art supplies, Fallon & Byrne) and amenities (library, gym, swimming pool). A few minutes walk from the Grand Canal & Portobello Harbour, a beautifully scenic stretch of the city that becomes a buzzing social hub in summer months.

The Building

This former office building has been transformed into a bustling hub of creativity, with a range of open-plan spaces and self-enclosed studios giving a home to a wide range of visual artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers. This four storey building forms part of a terraced row dating back to the 19th century, and has been furnished with a clean modern interior. Secure building with automated, monitored alarm system.

Transport 

The House is situated on bus routes 14, 15, 83, 140. Five minutes from Charlemont Luas stop. Twenty minutes walk from Dublin City Centre.

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Our Studio Members

Ytang Morcillo | Sean Clarke & Owen Costello | Podcast Department | Elma Fenton | Laura Skehan | Derek Fitzpatrick | Philip Moran | Paul Rosser | Michael Mangan | Tony Kinlan | Rob O'Connor | Eleanor Lawlor | Colette O'Connell | Darragh Ashe Bowden | Matthew Strickland | Maria Johnston | Laura Seed | Eoin Heaney | Nora Windeck | Ben O'Connor  | Sara Walsh | Lisa McCormack  | Kieran Gallagher| Gavin Harding | Sharon Green | Ali Waked | Giovana Medieros | Patrick McCann | Freya Oatway | Paula McGloin | Juliet Williams | Geraldine Coakley | Robert Campbell | Robyn Carey | Patricia Hennessy | Jill O'Reilly | Keara Quinn

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Eleanor Lawler

Eleanor Lawler

Eleanor Lawler is a performance artist concerned with ideas of social and literal structure. She uses the narrative quality of textiles to investigate, explore and unravel these structures. Performer and part curator, she curates and co-curates LIVESTOCK, a bi-monthly performance event, she has an independent studio practice and feels herself in a unique position as a mature artist. Using her knowledge of textiles, teaching a variety of textiles based classes, she uses her skill sharing as a way of socialising personal narratives and undermining the overwhelming fabric waste generated by the textile industry. Her performance work is increasing interested in investigating how age is performed physically and poetically through movement and most recently movement using water and textiles as metaphors. eleanorlawlerartlover.blogspot.ie


Laura Seed

Laura Seed

Laura Seed is a graphic designer from Liverpool who currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. In 2016, she graduated with a BA Honours in Graphic Design from Dublin Institute of Technology. Although she's a recent graduate she's been working with Local Irish Businesses for the past two years whilst completing her degree. She has a love for creative, colourful design that often starts with the sentence "I have this crazy idea...". She has worked among a range of mediums and is up for trying out everything at least once. www.lseeddesigns.com

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Paula McGloin

Paula McGloin is a published illustrator, surface pattern designer and coffee lover! She lives and works in the bustling city of Dublin in Ireland. Her vibrant designs are warm and playful with a distinct retro inspired style. Possessing a fascination for ornament and bold colours, she draws her inspiration from nature, everyday life, travel and a love of vintage fabrics. She has worked on a variety of illustration projects, creating unique designs for fabric, packaging, accessories, ceramics, appliqué and stationery collections. Some of her previous clients include Marks & Spencer, Target, Urban Outfitters, Poetry Ireland and Bewley's Ireland. www.paulamcgloin.com 

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SC Walsh

SC Walsh is a painter and printmaker interested in creating strong compositions. Much of her work, while realist in essence may appear abstract/ semi-abstract.

Matthew Stickland

Having grown up in the city centre, defensive and hostile architectures were a natural part of the environment that surrounded me. It was only when I first tried to engage with a space that had these forms of architecture incorporated into them that I was able to acknowledge them. I wanted to skateboard around the city but it quickly became apparent that a lot of the spaces that I was trying to skateboard in would incorporate defense mechanisms into the spaces design in order to stop any potential for skateboarding. I felt as if this limited the way I could engage with the city. After this I became very aware of where and how the potential of a city is capped. Buildings and public spaces being designed in such a way that their use can be controlled and any activities from skateboarding to rough sleeping to accumulating groups of people can be prevented. This was when I decided that I would like to design my own forms of street furniture to combat the job of the defensive architecture. Offensive architecture. My interest in this subject lies in the idea of an authoritarian view of space around the city. The idea that the space in a city can be controlled but I can also make myself the authority of a space and by physically building my own attachments onto these locations I can give it the functions which I would like to see it have. My work is an investigation into a cities potential for interaction and use. I travel through the city and find locations with hostile or defensive architectures built into them and examine exactly what potential has been taken away from the space through the incorporation of the defensive architecture. By documenting and taking the exact measurements of these different examples of defensive architectures around the city I am then able to design and build using various basic mixed mediums such as wood and steel, my own forms of architecture which slot into or cover over these spaces and combat the job of the defensive architecture. These become my own personal interventions with the city in an attempt to reclaim the potential of these spaces and return their fluidity. These interventions with the city are then documented through a combination of film and digital photography to display the functionality of my intervention with the city and its defensive architectures.

Derek Fitzpatrick

Derek Fitzpatrick is a Dublin-born artist and graduated from DIT with a Degree in Fine Art. He has showcased his work in a range of private and public collections including in Villa Tittoni in Milan, Office of Public Works, Dublin and various art centers and galleries around Ireland. Fitzpatrick’s work aims to provide insight into the human condition and what it means to be human and is highly imaginative and intuitive: The paintings do not aim to illustrate a specific reality rather they use the form of ‘landscape’ or ‘figure’ as a vehicle to allow for a looser more subjective exploration of the tactile quality of paint. They do not represent real spaces but rather the work could be seen as an attempt to give the sense of a psychological state. “I am interested in the mediums potential to portray feelings and my paintings sometimes include features which can be identified as belonging Fitzpatrick’s work takes the viewer beyond seeing nature and into an experience more felt then seen. derekfitzpatrick.com


 
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Elizabeth Curran

Elizabeth Curran’s work is laced with old Irish mythology. Tales told through speech and writing in a mystical language incomprehensible to man. This language, written in handmade books is accompanied by drawing and painting in an other worldly approach. The artist’s interest in old Irish heritage, music and folklore plays a strong part in her work which borrows magic from the past to create a foretelling from a different land.


Sean Clarke

Sean Clarke is a Dublin based director and cinematographer. His first love was shooting humanist drama in the short form, an interest that has expanded into the realms of music videos and commercial cinematography. Always keen to explore new projects and collaborate, he can be reached at seanclarkefilm.com.


Owen Costello

Owen Costello

Owen Costello is a Dublin based director, cinematographer and editor. His love of producing all things visual has led him down the paths of music television with JBTV Chicago, narrative drama, music video production and commercial cinematography. For more info reach out to him at owencostellofilm@gmail.com.


Ali Waked

A social business experiment using the profits and market establishment from its productions to enable purposeful commerce of indigenous artisanship and heritage. Incausa partners with Indigenous cause initiatives developing non-profit trade posts and market placement. Using social entrepreneurship to reignite indigenous heritage, Incausa uplifts cultural values and builds sustainable opportunities.  
Website: incausa.eu
Instagram: @Incausa.eu
Facebook: @incausa.eu