MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan are delighted to present the exhibition The Mistress of the Mantle by Katherine Nolan, kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Preview: Thursday 2 March 2017 @ 6pm
Artist talk: Thursday 23 March 2017 @6.30pm
Location: The MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Rd, Lwr, Dublin 6.
Runs to: 31 March 2017
Open: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm
The Mistress of the Mantle is an exhibition of video, photography and performance works that emerged in the context of the artist’s return home. Living in the UK for 10 years, and returning to a life in Ireland, the artist was struck both by a period of personal change, unexpected culture shock and generational difference. This set of artworks act as a means to examine the process of reintegration, and taken for granted socio-cultural attitudes that surface through this renegotiation of identity and gender in an Irish context. As the artist attempts to re-find ‘home’, the self of the past and the present confront each other in crisis.
A number of different forms of ‘returning home’ are performed: the literal act of finding and inhabiting of a home, revisiting sites of personal or cultural significance, and the (re)inhabiting of personal and cultural memories of womanhood. Clothing, sites, songs, role-models, relics and imagery and of femininities from a childhood in late seventies and early eighties, are accrued, layered, muddled and re-performed in the present. The artworks seem to examine the pleasures, pains, contradictions, catharsis, melodrama, narcissism, critique and mixed-emotions that arose while contemplating the spectre of becoming the models of womanhood observed in childhood. Through this examination of personal narrative in cultural context, the artist also stands as a proxy for her generation, in an Ireland wavering between its past and its present.
Epigraphing Rathmines – Curated by Moran Been-noon
Celebrating the relationship between art, literary culture, and the life of the community in Rathmines, this experiment brings forward two cultural markers within the neighbourhood: the Rathmines Library and the MART art gallery and studios, and the public space between the two.
Poet Annemarie Ni Churreain and visual artist Steven Maybury will create a collaborative cultural situation in a day-long engagement with the Rathmines community. The artists will respond to the place and the community surrounding them while they work, to generate poetic (visual and literary) representations of the moment, the dialogue, and the location. This event will be performed in both the library and gallery spaces and is open to all community members, artists, and writers to become part of what is aimed to become a portrait of a situation. Come join our epigraphers!
Interpretative documentation of the Epigraphic work, by Abigail Denniston, will be presented during the reception at the gallery at 6.30 pm.
Order of events on Wed. 3rd of December:
12-6 pm – performing artwork & documentation
6.30-8 pm – documented outcome of the work presented in MART Gallery
Annemarie Ni Churreain
Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from Donegal. Her writing often explores loss and reunion, drawing upon the sensuality of landscapes. In 2014, Annemarie was Literature Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart/Germany and Fall Writer In Residence at Jack Kerouac House Orlando/Florida. She has recently been awarded a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship/ Scotland and residencies at The Heinrich Böll Cottage Achill and the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Kerry. Annemarie is a co-founder of the Upstart Collective and a current member of The GoodHatchery Offaly. More Infohere .
What I do: I create work that reflects the beauty and the energy rooted in the rhythms and cycles of our surroundings, of our consciousness, and of our interrelationships with the world. My practice is primarily realised through drawing and sculptural and my influences recently have been from collecting materials and objects through personal encounters. This stumble upon approach of chance and circumstance is fundamental to my process of selection for source materials and objects to work with.
Abigail Denniston Photography: http://abigaildennistonphotography.weebly.com/
Printer and Printer programming courtesy of Tom O’Dea: http://iamtomodea.com/