RE:IN FORCE



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Opening Preview: Tuesday 17th October @ 6pm – 8pm

Runs Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st October

Open: W-F: 12pm – 8pm | S: 12-4pm

Location: MART LA – Pop Up Gallery, 6556 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

As part of Ireland Week Los Angeles 2017, Irish curator Matthew Nevin of The MART Gallery Dublin has curated RE:IN FORCE a pop up contemporary visual art exhibition showcasing established Irish Visual & Live Performance Artists. The exhibition focuses on artworks that comment on the relationship between the viewer and object. Often creating a visual abstraction, which highlights the process and creation of the artworks, the exhibition showcases a series of artworks that reinforce their self-contained narratives, aiming to shape and control their own presentation and perception by the viewer. Participating artists explore and reinvent common material, technologies and methodologies, resulting in works that provoke artistic limitations through experimental new work.

This Pop Up Exhibition runs as part of Ireland Week and is co produced by LACESee Ireland Week sponsors at www.irelandweek.com/sponsors

Artists: Richard Forrest , James L Hayes , David Lunney, Katherine Nolan

Curated by: Matthew Nevin | Co Director of MART Gallery Dublin | matthew@mart.ie

Websites: www.irelandweek.com | www.mart.ie | www.martla.com

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/499912013706637

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ABOUT MART   www.mart.ie

MART is an artist-led, not for profit arts organisation founded in 2007 by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan. With the help of a skilled team, our mission is to provide creative art studios and promote contemporary art through an engaging curatorial programme. Nevin & Scanlan have curated over 100 artists through previous exhibitions, events, festivals and art fairs across Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Japan. In 2012 the pair embarked on a 16 month journey to transform the old Rathmines Fire Station, launching two galleries in 2013 as a new home for contemporary art in Ireland. MART primarily supports sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance, art making practices that break new ground, that test and stretch the material and immaterial, and challenge conventions of ‘the norm’. In 2016 MART had its biggest reach to date, as we signed on eight Artists to be represented by The MART Gallery in a first for the organisation. MART is the largest provider of independent, affordable studios and space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Dublin city. MART operate on a not for profit basis, meaning that all profits raised from studio rentals are in-invested back into our mission to develop and promote contemporary art. MART now support over 120 members in eight studio buildings across Dublin.

About Ireland Week   www.irelandweek.com

Ireland Week is a week-long conference and culture festivities from Oct. 16-21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. In association with Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, IDA Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland. Ireland Week’s focus is to bring Ireland to the world, and the world back to Ireland. The week will see varied and compelling events with a full and comprehensive program rolling out around Los Angeles, encompassing the myriad of cultural layers that make up Ireland, past, present, and future.


The Artists

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Katherine Nolan http://www.katherinenolan.net/

An artist, lecturer and curator specialising in gender and new media. With particular focus on tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body, her research investigates gender, identity and desire in the context of digital cultures. Recent publications include The Camera and the Selfie: Narcissism, Self-Regulation and Feminist Performance Practices (DRHA, DCU 2015). She has exhibited internationally in Europe, America and Asia and regularly curates with MART and Dublin Live Art Festival. Her extensive teaching experience, includes a course leader role at the University of the Arts London and visiting lectureships at The National College ofArt and Design, Crawford College of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins, London. She is a member of Monster Truck Studios and the Society of Women in Philosophy in Ireland

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Richard Forrest http://www.richardforrest.info/

Working across sculpture and installation, my practice is characterised by a spirit of studio experimentation and an analysis of human perception. In exploring our learned and visual understanding of form, material and space, I make physical artworks and installations which question simulacrum and authenticity. My research is heavily influenced by contemporary notions of representation. I am interested in re-negotiating our interaction with the world around us by using physical artworks that I have made – knowingly – in an age of technological and virtual acceleration. I seek to reimagine the internet, and the information it carries, as a sculptural organism. In my most recent installations, I have created speculative scenes, whereby exotic structures have seemingly travelled through an otherworldly vortex into the exhibition space, carrying physical fragments from a virtual environment.

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James L Hayes http://www.jameslhayes.ie/

James L Hayes is an Irish contemporary visual artist whose current work and research practice reinvests a modernist sculptural language. Recent projects use methods of artistic production as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object in order to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects. This research-based practice has an art historical agenda, referencing key creative influences such as the celebrated Welsh artist Barry Flanagan. Broader research interests range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.

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David Lunney http://davidlunney.com/

Lunney’s artistic practice involves the undertaking of protracted art processes. Typically, these processes start with the construction of site-specific sculptural works in Dublin Mountains. These sculptures are generally created less for their inherent value but rather to provide photographic source material for documentary artworks. The resulting documentary artworks can take the form of prints, drawings or photographs. These images are rendered, framed and presented in a fashion which intentionally obscures and embellishes the original object and moment that they represent. In these artworks, it is often the relationship between representational imagery and it’s surrounding abstract visual information which infers the process and concept behind the work. The works have a self-contained narrative; the concept and the material process are intrinsically linked in the artworks discussion of it’s provenance.




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Activating Pangea: The Voyage




‘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.

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