Things Twice (multiple times) | David Lunney



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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

Video Conversation with the Artist

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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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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