Jason Minsky



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Mare Liberum (Freedom of the Sea)

Jason Minsky

2009

(Film, 3 minutes looped)

Preview December 6th @ 5pm – 7pm

Open: Thurs – Sun : 12pm -7pm

Runs: 6th Dec – 23rd Dec 2018

MART Gallery 2, 190A Rathmines Rd Lwr, Dublin 6

 

Mare Liberum (Freedom of the Sea*) is a projected film showing an assistant referee (aka Linesman) signalling towards the horizon whilst standing on top of a grass covered raft which floats somewhere in the Sea.

Drifting aimlessly, Undaunted by his maritime position, He stands upright, absurdly patrolling the line on his tiny section of football pitch in a bizarre sense of duty.

The title ‘Mare Liberum’ translates as Freedom of the Sea, and was a treaty formulated by Hugo Grotius in 1609. It established the sea as international territory for all the nations to use freely for seafaring trade. The film is beguiling as it is absurd and has a soundtrack that is calming and strangely rhythmic.

This film was made during Minsky’s Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship and was first shown in 2009 as part of his Solo show, Interfering with Play, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery. He began his residency with a file of information about the local football team, Berwick Rangers who famously play their domestic football in Scotland and his research unearthed twenty- eight other professional teams around the world who play their domestic football across another border.

After reading through, FIFA, UEFA, English, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations rulebooks, and examining the laws of the game he concluded that what was needed was a gesture to these nomadic teams. Somewhere to call home. A rallying call to all twenty-nine teams. Mare Liberum is the resulting work.

This is the first time this film has been shown in Ireland. Jason Minsky would like to thank Deirdre Morrissey and the team at MART for their help in making this happen.

A Limited Edition Signed Print ‘Mare Liberum’ is also available. Please contact the artist for details.

www.minskyart.com

About the artist

Born London,1968, Jason Minsky now lives and works in Dublin. He has a multi-disciplinary approach. Combining video, photography, multiples, installation and performance. The context of the work is often central to its interpretation and during the last few years he has made a range of work exploring the conventions and rituals within and around sporting environments.

Much of Minsky’s work shares a feeling of surreal pondering brought to life. Activity and energy is captured and presented, both as performance to camera and harnessed in the objects he constructs or chooses to work with. A strong interventionist strand runs through all his work along with a mischievous sense of humour

He studied 3-D Design at Manchester Polytechnic, BA Hons (1989-1992) and completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art (1997-1999). Minsky has lectured at many colleges and universities within the UK, on a diverse range of courses, including architecture, furniture design and fine art.

He was the Inaugural winner of the Crosby Homes Manchester Art Prize (2003), creating a live performance and exhibition; Get in…get out, Manchester Art Gallery (2004). A catalogue was produced on the occasion of this show, which included an essay by Henry Meyric Hughes. ‘Get in…get out’, Jason Minsky, Manchester Art Gallery, Cornerhouse Publications (2004).

Most recently he has shown an edition of ‘Mare Liberum’ (Freedom of the Sea) prints (1/10) as part of Halftone Print Fair at PhotoIreland, Dublin November,2018. Purchased by the Office of Public Works for the State Art Collection, Ireland.

Exhibitions include:

‘Advantage’ Solo show, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2012. Artist in residence on Extraordinary Moves project, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield, an Official Cultural Olympiad Project 2012. During 2007-2008, He spent 12 months working as Artist in Residence for the Leeds Rugby Foundation. The result was ‘Match Report’ a solo show for PSL (Project Space Leeds, 2008). During this year he also exhibited internationally with Arte Grupo Forja, Valencia (2008).

‘Unrealised Potential’ Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2010, ‘This is England’ Beacon House University, Pakistan 2010, ‘Plus100’, Volume Projects, London (2009), alongside Damian Hirst, Tracey Emin and Mustafa Hulusi. ‘Artheke’ Va Va Room, Hong Kong (2009). ‘Kiss of a Lifetime’, Bearspace, London (2009) and ‘Interfering with Play’, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed (2009). Minsky’s work has been reviewed in The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, Time Out (London), and Art News (USA), Arena Magazine, Flux Magazine, Apollo Magazine, Artists Newsletter and many other publications. Catalogues available include, ‘Arcadia in the City’ English Heritage (p.74, 79, and back cover) (2002). ‘New Routes New Destinations’ Rosenthal and The Royal College of Art, (2000).




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Leonie Connellan

Leonie Connellan is a print-based artist originally from Melbourne, Australia, now living in Dublin. Her work explores the relationship between science and storytelling, with the ultimate goal of creating a sense of scientific understanding, wonder and curiosity about the structure of the universe and our place in it. crumpart.net


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I'm Joe, Dublin based illustrator/painter. I graduated from animation (2011) and illustration (2014) in BCFE. Previously I worked as a graphic designer, fashion design intern and a tattoo apprentice so my work takes extensive influence from these past ventures. I've taken part in two collaborative exhibitions to date which were held in Ballyfermot library and Farmleigh, the goal of this new venture is to exhibit more and have fun doing it. Instagram.


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Alice is a passionate embroiderer whose love of place and detail is central to her work. She uses her extensive knowledge of embroidery and textile techniques to create contemporary wall art. Alice is interested in the environments around us – more specifically, the aspects that get overlooked or taken for granted. Her embroideries capture these details in order to create pieces which accurately convey the atmosphere of a particular place. Currently she is working on a series of pieces inspired by Dublin, the place she knows better than any other. The county of Dublin is a perfect example of how the landscape transforms from rural to urban, and it is this dialogue which is celebrated in Alice’s work. Through a process of drawing, photographing and editing, Alice selects the colours, textures and motifs that define a place. Each location that Alice works from inspires the techniques and materials she uses. An array of traditional hand embroidery techniques are presented in a contemporary context. Alice graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2017 with a BA in Hand Embroidery. She has worked on a number of high profile projects such as the Nicholas Oakwell for GREAT Britain Campaign and the HBO Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery. In 2016, her work was displayed in the Craft Study Centre in Farnham as part of a work in progress show running alongside the ‘Make It OK?’ exhibition. bealicetextiles.wixsite.com/be-alice