Things Twice (multiple times) | David Lunney


Preview: Thursday 13 September @ 6pm

Location: The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Runs to: Thursday 1 November 2018

Open: Tuesday – Saturday | 1-6pm

Artist: David Lunney

Curator: Deirdre Morrissey

Late Opening for Culture Night 2018: 6-10pm 

David 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.

In Things Twice (multiple times) points of view can be different and the same, simultaneously. The artist has used tailor-made sculptures to split apart and meld together a variety of vistas.

In the Drumnadober series this is achieved using formal symmetry, weaving, photography and pattern. Here, a sculpture was brought to some woodland in Co. Leitrim and placed into the ground.

Two photographs were taken of the sculpture from two exactly opposite angles. The compositional similarities of these two images are both highlighted and obscured in the central work, Drumnadober Dance.

Most of other work in the exhibition uses reflective surfaces instead of symmetry. A cameraphone is mounted in a fixed position relative to a matrix of reflective, shiny and matt surfaces. This, as a portable unit, was brought for a walk and photographed in the digital collages A walk at Kilmashogue Passage Tomb #1 and #2.

All the images gleaned from these sculptures are presented in detailed handmade frames which play an important role in the work. These frames ape a non-existent vernacular aesthetic; a neo-Celtic Baroque.

David Lunney is based in Dublin and currently a member of Talbot Studios, he has a BA in Fine Art from NCAD. Recent exhibitions include Chrome Dreams at Pallas Projects, April 2018, Re-Inforce MART LA November 2017, Landscape Contortion at Droichead Art Centre, August 2017, Glitch at Rua Red May 2017, Things Made for Drawing at Eight Gallery, 2016, Glencree Intervention at The LAB, 2015. David Lunney has been the recipient of awards such as; the Sculpture in Context Award 2014, Arts Council of Ireland Project Award (for Adorned Documents, collaborative project with artist Jane Fogarty) Falun Grafisk (Printmaking) Residency Award John Kelly RHA Black Church Print Studio Graduate Award. He will undertake a month long residency in Tynset, Norway in October 2018

Lunney is represented by MART Gallery. This exhibition is made possible with funding by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The MART Team are: Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin (Directors), Deirdre Morrissey, Barbara Deignan, Gay Murphy, Edward Sheehy, and Bernard O’Rourke.

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Cultural Dialogues 

In a fluid model, visiting International artists interact with Irish-based artists during the residency. During this time artists are encouraged to develop their ideas through peer exchange and collaboration. This is an exciting opportunity for both long and short term residencies that provides artists with time space and support to think, take-risks and develop their practice. MART is offers this unique professional development opportunity to support the production of Contemporary Art though cultural exchange and dialogue.

The Residency Space

Newly converted stables situated in the heart of Rathmines, and alongside the iconic MART Firestation Gallery and Studios. Residents will be able to benefit from the central location and MART’s established reputation in the Dublin art scene, and internationally. The workspace is 6×6 meters, with large double barn doors, and access to kitchen area.  In this residency three contemporary artists will work alongside each other in an environment of dialogue and support.

Residents 2016

Liing Heany (IRL) Andy Morris (IRL) Roisin McNamee (IRL)

Josh Gibbs (UK) Edwina Bracken (UK) Lauren Pray (US)

William Cravis (US) Maria Pinto (PT) John Moran (US)

Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir (ISL) Luis Hilario Tovar Bonilla (MEX)

Residents 2015

David Yu (CAN)  Eilidh Wilson (UK) Francesco Snote (ITA)