April 2016 Resident
“My time in Dublin on the international residency exchange programme was devoted to gathering research on the housing crisis and carrying out experiments based on my findings, in continuation of my project Darkhouses.
Darkhouses explores patterns in housing and construction, particularly the overlaps, mishaps and quirks, with a view to gaining an understanding and developing a reflection of this issue on a global scale. Dublin was therefore a key area of focus following the recession and the end of the Celtic Tiger, particularly after I had heard about the suburb of Adamstown and the section of the development which was left unfinished. It was somewhere I visited several times during the residency.
The process consisted of taking a lot of photographs of Adamstown and other areas all across the Dublin area with the valuable guidance of the residents at MART and other people I met along the way. I also created a few improvised sculptural responses using found building materials and other discarded debris. I took the materials that I found but didn’t use back with me to Norwich for future stages of the project.
My time in Dublin has proved to be a crucial part of the project’s development. I am currently working in places across Asia where the process continues.”
all shimmers here
The MART Gallery, Rathmines
27 October – 12 November, 2016
Kirby’s sculptural interventions will respond directly to the architecture transforming the physical space of the front gallery with large scale works that draw our attention to colour, scale and presence, while Timoney will exhibit a family of objects manifested through a process of trial and error. These objects relate to the encounter between the manufactured and the handmade and the interaction between body and material. This family will materialize as an installation in MART’s back gallery. This exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Lucy Elvis.
Ali Kirby (b. Dublin, Ireland) graduated in 2014 with first class honours in Fine Art from LSAD, specialising in Sculpture & Combined Media. Kirby is the recipient of the Fire Station Artist’s Studios Sculpture Workshop Award & Bursary 2016 and the RHA Studio Residency Award 2015. Recent exhibitions include Describing Architecture – Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick, Periodical Review #4 (2014) Pallas Projects, Dublin, Essays for the House of Memory (2014) Ormston House, Limerick, Single Channel (2013) Chartier Arts Venue, Connecticut, USA, Undertow (2012) the LAB, Dublin and Undertow (2011) Ormston House, Limerick.
Cliodhna Timoney (b.1993) is a visual artist currently based between Donegal and Dublin. Since graduating from IADT Visual Arts Practice with a first class honours in 2015, Timoney joined the Board of Directors of 126 Artist Run Gallery and subsequently was awarded the Fire Station Artist’s Studios Sculpture Award 2016. Recent exhibitions include ‘Very Good Waves Now’ Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2016), ‘A Knowing Nature’, The Dock, Leitrim (2016), ‘IADT Graduate Exhibition’, Dublin (2015) ‘The Beholder’s Share, IMMA, Dublin (2015),’Have a nice Life’,Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki (2014) and ‘ An Awkward Encounter, Galleria FAFA,Helsinki (2014).
This Exhibition was kindly supported by Fire Station Artist Studios Dublin and MART Gallery Rathmines.