Invite or Reject
June, July & August 2011
New York, Chicago and Los Angeles
‘Invite or Reject’ was an ambitious new exhibition curated by MART’s Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin. MART www.mart.ie, is a non profit art organisation based in Ireland and our primary aim is to educate and promote Art to the public; Art in the sphere of New Media, Installation and Performance.
The exhibition consisted of 5 leading Irish Artists work shown in world renown contemporary art galleries in the heart of 3 of most influential cities in the US: New York, Chicago and LA. We have asked artists to submit work that is challenging yet irresistibly welcoming for American audiences to interact and communicate with the art works. This exhibition shall showcase some of Ireland’s leading and emerging visual artists and highlight the strength of our work in the international contemporary art scene.
MART’S ‘Invite or Reject’ refers to the duality of understanding and miscommunication that existed when Irish people first immigrated to America. It is a preconceived notion that Irish people are welcoming and hospitable. It was common for the Irish to be rejected and treated as second-class citizens for the early part of 19th centaury. The current political and social climate in America means it is difficult to gain an entry visa to work there which leaves it now as more of a holiday destination to Irish in stark contrast to history. Through the Art we will showcase we hope to breakdown stereotypes, interact and engage the audience. Many of the artworks are physically interactive and can be added to by the public. The Art works ‘Home’ will be in the gallery, but we want to move outside the gallery space, have a presence on the streets, within the public domain and have satellite branches of work that enter the city.
Artists: Ella Burke, James L Hayes, Sofie Loscher, Matthew Nevin, Nicky Teegan, Ciara Scanlan, Benjamin Gaulon, Joan Healy, Colleen Keough, Margaret O’Brien, Stephen Woods, Adrian Duncan, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Gibney, and Tony Kenny
MART is proud to announce that this project is part sponsored by Culture Ireland’s strategic focus on promoting Irish Arts in the US in 2011.
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‘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.