MART Studio Members’ Exhibition 2019
Opens 16th May at 6pm
Runs to 27th June | 1pm -6pm Tuesday – Saturday
MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Alex de Roeck | Annie Gahan | Billy Dante | Ciaran Meister | Colette O’Connell | Derek Fitzpatrick | Derval Tubridy | Elaine Chapman | Elise Missall | Fintan Wall | Frances Ruby Staunton | Gavan Duffy | Guida Ribé Rovira | James Moore | Jane Frew | Joanna Hopkins | Julian King | Katarzyna Gajewska | Kate Hynes | Laura Skehan | Mariana Madoleva | Michael Bruce Weston | Michelene Huggard | Natasha Conway | Niamh Hannaford | Oriel Lett | Peadar Jolliffe-Byrne | Roisin Cunningham | SC Walsh | Scott O’Sullivan | Shane Berkery | Sinead Holly Woodnutt | Spencer Glover
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MART Gallery is delighted to present the 2019 studio members’ exhibition ‘Onwards’.
This exhibition showcases the work of 30 of our current studio members who are based across MART Studios including the Fire Station studios, Parker Hill Studios, Harold’s Cross Village Studios, Kilmainham and Crumlin Studios.
The choice to become an artist is based on a compelling desire to create. The development of an artist’s practice involves hard work, an unfaltering vision and a determined belief in one’s self. There is no clear career trajectory to follow or guaranteed path to success for an artist. It can seem like an onward struggle sometimes, but it is a labour of love.
We know that having a dedicated workspace is vital for enabling artists to create art. A studio also provides a place to showcase work to curators and buyers, and acts as a social space to meet other artists. Having a studio can also often professionalise an artist’s practice as it can signify a means of further developing their artistic careers.
A key part of MART’s mission is to support our entire community of members. Providing an opportunity to exhibit work publicly allows artists to raise individual profiles, widen their access to audiences and sell their work. The title of this exhibition – ‘Onwards’ – represents the artist’s journey; of progressing forward, looking towards the next project, the next challenge, the next step. This exhibition aims to champion the collective creative output of our members wherever their journey may take them.
To coincide with the opening of Onwards, we will also be hosting an Open Studio in our Fire Station studios above our gallery on Thursday 16 May. Our lovely members will be opening their doors to their spaces to allow visitors to see what goes on in our creative spaces.
‘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.