Solo Exhibition by James L Hayes
Runs 18th July – 5th September 2019
Opening Reception Thursday 18th July at 6pm – The MART Gallery Rathmines,
About the Artist
James L Hayes is an Irish contemporary visual artist whose 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.
Previous works have drawn on diverse subjects such as industrial archaeology, other environmental concerns and social and economic conflicts. Hayes predominantly sculptural practice also encompasses multi- disciplinary and sensory-based sculptural installations. He exhibits his works nationally and internationally whilst also developing large-scale public art commissions and site-specific projects.
He has been awarded numerous awards and grants to support his practice and he also invests heavily in the University educational sector and work across the UK & US higher education system frequently taking part in visiting lecturing series and international cross collegial projects and events. Hayes is a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London. He is the principal lecturer in Sculpture at the Crawford College of Art in Cork, Ireland.
As part of our 2017 programme – Destroy These Walls – MART filmed interviews with some of the participating artists.
They discussed their process, the effect of the exhibitions on our gallery space, and their response to our programme.