MART presents ‘Destroy These Walls’.
A year long series of exhibitions curated by Ciara Scanlan, Matthew Nevin and Deirdre Morrissey,
in The MART Gallery, Dublin, RUA RED, Dublin and Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles
with support from Arts Council Ireland and Culture Ireland.
|12th Jan – 24th Feb||SCHOOL DAYS||Tomoko Sawada||Solo Exhibition of leading Japanese Artist, featuring the video work ‘MASKS’ and photography series School Days & OMIAI♡.|
|2nd – 31st March||The Mistress of the Mantle||Katherine Nolan||Solo Exhibition of Video & Performance Artist.|
|6th April – 4th May||Transmission||Exhibition with a focus on light and perception.|
|11th May – 8th June||A Rhythm Exposed (Routines 5-6)||Steven Maybury||Exhibition on the mechanics behind sculpture and conceptual drawing.|
|15th June – 13th July||Dragons of Eden||Exhibition showcasing live performance art and installation|
|20th July – 18th August||Trouvées Métrage||Exhibition of French Digital Artists supported by The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Ireland|
|24th Aug – 22nd Sept||Freedom of Movement||Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani||Exhibition of German Artists supported by Goethe-Institut Irland|
|28th Sept – 27th October||The Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award Exhibition||Doireann Ní Ghrioghair||Exhibition in connection with The Fire Station Artist’s Studios Residency Award 2016.|
|2nd Nov – 1st Dec||Can You Hear Me Now?||
|Exhibition of Recent Graduates of Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.|
|RUA RED||/Glitch Festival 2017||
|/Glitch Festival is Ireland’s leading Digital Arts Festival that brings together artists utilising media and technology.|
Curated by Matthew Nevin, ‘Echo Chamber’ aims to create an accessible dialogue between the digital arts and its interpretation of politics, culture and society, as part of Creative Europe’s EUCIDA project led by RUA RED in partnership Gantner Multimedia Space France and Lūznava Manor Rēzeknes Latvia. Three simultaneous exhibitions will feature six contemporary visual artists two from each of the host countries.
8th July – 5th August
|Activating Pangea: Destroy These Walls||
James L Hayes
|MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan have curated a selection of artists to work under the parameters of risk and political agitation.|
Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council & Culture Ireland.
‘Destroy these Walls’ 2017:
“One reason for making and exhibiting a work is to induce a reaction or change in the viewer…. In this sense, the work as such is nonexistent except when it functions as a medium of change between the artist and viewer.” – Adrian Piper
“Experimental art today is increasingly concerned with the complex relationships involved in seeing, defining, framing and responding to pressing events.” – Jill Bennett, Institute Director of UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts
For 2017 MART embarks on an ambitious new program curating selected artists to work under the parameters of risk and political agitation. By encouraging participating artists to explore and reinvent material, technologies and methodologies, the curators shall work alongside the artists to produce work that can provoke the limitations of the gallery environment, producing powerful, informative and experimental new work.
We will encourage our artists to be reactionary and politically engaged in their approach to their practice and tease out new radical ways of viewing and perceiving their art works. “There is something real in the illusion, more real than in the reality behind it” – Slavoj Žižek. This illusion acts as the power of the artist to present a world through an altered focus, to show the viewer aspects of the world that are warped and exposed. The artist – often working as the mirror for society – creates new dialogues that challenge conventional views on politics and culture, pushing for examination on our preconceived expectations of what contemporary art is and what relevance it has for the society we live in.
As part of our 2017 programme – Destroy These Walls – MART filmed interviews with some of the participating artists.
They discussed their process, the effect of the exhibitions on our gallery space, and their response to our programme.