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.”
‘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.